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LiDAR Scanner is again reportedly coming to 'some' iPhone 12 models

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What you need to know

  • Apple is reportedly adding a LiDAR Scanner to "some" iPhone 12 models.
  • DigiTimes sources don't specify which models will get it.
  • Apple already added the feature to its 2020 iPad Pro refresh.

Apple will announce its iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro lineup in the next few weeks and a new DigiTimes report again claims that "some" iPhone 12 models will get a LiDAR Scanner for the first time.

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While the 2020 iPad Pro refresh already brought a LiDAR Scanner to Apple's products, this will be the first time an iPhone has offered it. We don't know which iPhones yet, however, with the likelihood being that only some iPhone 12 Pro models will boast a LiDAR Scanner.

The sources said Apple took the lead to adopt ToF (time of flight) LiDAR module for its iPad Pro released in the first half of 2020, and reportedly will incorporate the technology into some of its new iPhone models.Besides adopting structured-light 3D face ID sensor at the front-side, some new iPhone devices are reportedly to feature rear ToF LiDAR scanner, with one iPhone requiring at least three VCSEL components as light sources, the sources continued.

The inclusion of a LiDAR Scanner will be beneficial to augmented reality apps as well as anything that relies on accurate depth and distance data. We've already seen impressive examples of what iPad Pro is capable of, for example.

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Some rumors have suggested the LiDAR Scanner will only come to the larger, more costly iPhone 12 Pro Max which would be bad news for those of us with smaller budgets. Not to mention smaller hands and pockets!

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.