Thursday, Jul 15, 2021, 10:41 iOS: Hardware

iPhone 13: LiDAR Remains A "Pro" Feature

A LiDAR module isn't a standard component of Apple devices. Cupertino first equipped the 2020 iPad Pro with the technology capable of spatially recording the environment and ever since then, the feature's been restricted to Pro models. In addition to the iPad Pro, the laser scanner was also put into use in the iPhone 12, but again, only for the Pro model. According to some reports, that's set to change with the release of the iPhone 13. Reports from, for example, Wedbush, indicate as much, however, leaker DylanDKT has now added in information from his own sources concerning Apple's LiDAR technology.

LiDAR Exclusively For The iPhone 13 Pro
Since the iPhone 12, users have been able to use LiDAR scanners in their smartphones – as long as they're willing to reach a little deeper into their pockets to pay for a Pro model. The technology is capable of measuring the distance between the sensor and an object, expanding upon augmented reality possibilities. For example, the dimension of objects can now be even more accurately measured with the iPhone than before and the scanner is capable of detecting a person's body size. Those who use portrait mode at night can also profit from LiDAR. According to a Tweet from DylanDKT, Apple isn't abandoning the technology with the iPhone 13, but it will only be a feature of the Pro models.

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Apple Changes Its Mind
Apple had originally intended to follow other plans, according to the leaker, who claims that Cupertino had intended to include LiDAR in every iPhone 13. For unspecified reasons, however, the company changed its mind. The standard iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 mini won't be receiving the revolutionary laser technology. However, that's not to say that successor models won't – DylanDKT foresees that all offshoots of the high-end iPhone will receive the technology by 2022.

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