What you need to know
- Apple may bring the LiDAR scanner to its entire iPhone lineup in 2021.
As reported by DigiTimes, Apple may bring its LiDAR scanner, which is currently featured on the iPad Pro as well as the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, to its entire iPhone lineup this fall.
According to the report, Sony has signed a three-year contract to provide a new generation of sensors that Apple could use in the Pro iPhones as well as the iPad Pros until at least 2023.
The LiDAR scanner was first adopted by the iPad Pro and then came to the iPhone with the launch of the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max in the fall of 2020. The sensor enables more accurate augmented reality experiences as well as improving photography with its ability to better sense depth in especially low light conditions.
While the exact impact of the LiDAR sensor on photography has been debated, the difference is apparent in certain conditions so bringing it to the full iPhone lineup would be a great benefit to everyone who takes pictures with their iPhone.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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