What you need to know
- Apple's refreshed iPad Pro had a LiDAR Scanner built in.
- It's likely iPhone 12 Pro will get one, too.
- This concept shows us what that might look like.
Rumors of a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor coming to a 2020 iPhone have been more than prevalent so when Apple added a LiDAR Scanner to the refreshed iPad Pro it pretty much telegraphed the fact that it's going to do the same with iPhone this year. And now we have a concept showing us what that might look like.
Apple says that the LiDAR Scanner used in iPad Pro will allow it to take accurate and detailed 3D scans of a location, something that will be a big deal to developers who want to create immersive augmented reality experiences. What we've seen so far looks promising, and this is just the start.
For now, this concept is the closest thing we've got to iPhone 12 Pro, and it doesn't have too many surprises. With Apple's square camera bump the obvious place for a LiDAR scanner is in one corner of it with the LED flash moving to the center. It does make for a more balanced aesthetic, but I'm sure some people will still find a reason to complain!
If Apple follows its usual release cadence we can expect iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro to be announced in September time, although it's possible the current coronavirus pandemic situation could push that back. Time will most certainly tell on that front.