This year’s iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are considered “the photographer’s smartphone” by the Cupertino-based company and it’s for good reasons. The two devices pack a camera set-up that would make any filmmaker, the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s camera being the first smartphone camera to record in Dolby Vision HDR.
Used in the iPhone 12 Series for the first time by Apple, the LiDAR Scanner (Light Detection and Ranging) is another feature that makes the Pro variants camera one of the best out there. It brings faster autofocus in photos and videos and improves low light focus, reducing capture time.
According to DigiTimes, which is quoting industry sources, Apple is thinking about putting the LiDar Scanner in the whole iPhone 13 Series Line-up, which includes iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. According to the report, there is also a chance the next iPhone SE will also pack a LiDAR scanner if such a device will be launched.
The use of the Lidar Scanner can extend to more than just good photography. Having this technology allows the phone to fire out laser beams and measure how quickly they return, which in turn allows it to judge distances and map your environment. This can therefore improve the accuracy and overall experience of augmented reality applications.
We are still a long way from seeing the iPhone 13 Series, and with rumors are already gathering it will be interesting to see what changes will Apple bring to the flagship.
Here’s a bit about how the LiDAR Scanner actually works on the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max: