Apple Might Debut with a LiDAR Sensor in New Smartphones

  • Apple might feature LiDAR Sensors in iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Pro
  • The company might provide AR and 3D experiences to consumers
  • The smartphone might run on pre-loaded iOS 14

According to a report, Apple is rumoured to have the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max in the pipeline with a Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensor. This new sensor would sit alongside the triple rear camera setup that is likely to include wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle, and telephoto shooters. The company has informed that the smartphones might feature with iOS 14, the software version that would come as an update to the existing iOS 13.

3D and Augmented Reality might feature in new phones

Apple could use the LiDAR sensor on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max to offer newer augmented reality (AR) experiences. This would be similar to how the company is planning to explore new avenues with the iPad Pro 2020 models that also carry a LiDAR sensor alongside two distinct camera sensors.

Depth and LiDAR Sensors

A LiDAR sensor is used to measure the distance to the surroundings using a laser light. This could be useful to build AR models and enable 3D sensing on the new iPhone models.

According to sources,  iPhone 12 Pro models will debut this year with a new depth sensor. However, instead of giving a traditional depth sensor, Apple may have plans to bring its new iPhone models with a LiDAR sensor.

Also, Apple is rumoured to feature a new AR features that would be a part of the Find My and Apple Maps apps. These new offerings are likely to be a part of the iOS 14 release that would come pre-loaded on the iPhone 12 models. The company is also rumoured to have its AR glasses in the works that would debut sometime in 2022.

Delay due to Coronavirus outbreak

Apple generally hosts its new iPhone launch event in September. However, there could be some delay this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.