There seem to be a lot of work going on at Apple after latest reports claim the company has over 1,000 engineers working on an augmented reality feature for the next iPhone. If the rumor holds true, we could see the rise of this device alongside its AR feature before the end of 2017.

According to the Report, the Apple engineers are working on the project in Israel. It shouldn't come as much of a surprise due to recent reports from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claims Apple's next iPhone will come with a new type of camera at the front that has an IR Module.

Now, this particular module deals with 3D sensing, which means, it can pick up on the space in front of it for the purpose of augmented reality uses. It's not on the same level as Microsoft's HoloLens, but only time can truly tell how good or bad the feature will be.

To put matters into perspective, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, spoke about the importance of augmented reality back in February of this year. Furthermore, the company made several AR related hires in the past, which suggests something is in the works.

From what the tech industry has seen from the likes of HoloLens, it’s clear that augmented reality has a future in the world, and Apple could be the one to popularize AR in the mobile market.

Should the iPhone launch with AR this year, there’s a good chance Android smartphone makers will follow suit the following year.

As for Microsoft and its Windows 10 Mobile platform, well, there’s not much going on, but things could change overnight.

Apple is a secretive company

Knowing what Apple is planning is no easy feat, seeing as how the company is quite secretive when it comes down to new hardware and features.

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Fans may have no choice but to wait until later in the year to truly find out what Apple is working on, and as usual, it is bound to excite many.

Apple and Qualcomm lawsuit

While experts ponder on what Apple is planning for its next iPhone, the company is busy right now in a lawsuit battle with Qualcomm. This is the company’s fourth lawsuit against Qualcomm, and this time, it’s taking place in the UK.