Apple Inc (AAPL) is reportedly working to add a rear-facing 3D laser system to the back of the next iPhone, according to Fast Company.

The 3D laser and its new sensor system will enable better depth detection for augmented reality apps and enhance autofocus for photography. A 3D sensor on the front-facing camera will likely also be included in the next model and will be used for selfie effects and facial recognition.

Apple is attempting to include the sensor and laser system in the iPhone model expected to be released this fall, but it's unclear if engineering progress is moving quickly enough to make that possible.

The VCSEL laser system Apple is using costs about $2 per phone. Lumentum (LITE) , Finisar (FNSR) and II-VI will provide the VCSEL systems to Apple.

Apple stock was up over 1% in midday trading.

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How can we argue with this one: Shark Tank Star Kevin O'Leary is more fond of Tesla's (TSLA) product than its stock.

"At some point it has to fall to gravity," he said told TheStreet's Scott Gamm in an interview. "It's been trading on a different planet for years and now it has to trade on Earth." Amen.

Relax Apple stock bulls: For now, reports suggest a moderate delay in the Apple (AAPL) iPhone 8 ramp, rather than something more severe points out TheStreet's Eric Jhonsa. So far, the market has shrugged off concerns on a possible delayed iPhone 8 release (as in it misses the holiday launch window). But it's worthwhile to keep something in mind: Apple shares have lagged the S&P 500 over the past month, so some doubt may be trickling into the bull camp.

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