The iPhone maker's new patent granted today uses the PrimeSense technology it acquired when it bought the company in 2013. The tech not only covers Face ID-style features, but gestures as well.
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Apple has now confirmed previous rumors that it has acquired the Israel-based PrimeSense, which developed the technology behind Microsoft's original Kinect sensor.
A report claims that PrimeSense, which developed the motion-tracking tech in Microsoft's original Kinect sensor, has been purchased by Apple for $345m, following rumours of takeover talks in July.
Apple is reportedly in talks to buy PrimeSense, the company behind the hardware and tracking technology in Microsoft's current-generation Kinect, with the deal likely for about $280 million.
PrimeSense, the company behind the Kinect sensor, have demonstrated a similar sensor designed for tablets that can capture 3D maps of areas and objects, and it's one tenth the size of the Kinect