Leak: iPhone 12 Pro LiDAR Placement for AR Capability Confirmed
A peak at the back of the case now confirms previous rumors that the iPhone 12 Pro will have a LiDAR camera for better augmented reality.
The well-known leaker and YouTuber ‘EverythingApplePro’ has leaked out the chassis of the upcoming iPhone 12 Pro. The video doesn’t show the whole phone, just the chassis of the smaller 6.1-inch model with a LiDAR placement can be seen:-
Here it is! Official iPhone 12 Pro chassis leak. Confirms mostly same camera with new LiDAR placement, flat sides, magnet cutouts & smart connector-like 5G antenna? This seems to confirm the 6.1 Pro model will get LiDAR too. October can't come soon enough. pic.twitter.com/YifSX7SWxh
— EverythingApplePro (@EveryApplePro) September 11, 2020
So far, it was rumored that the LiDAR scanner was only reserved for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The fact that both Pro models now have AR capability installed shows a serious effort on the part of Apple to embrace augmented reality. The iPad Pro 2020 is already integrated with LiDAR scanners with airborne laser scanning. Many developers are already experimenting with its capability in conjunction with iOS 14.
The iPhone is not the first to incorporate a LiDAR sensor. In its Project Tango, Google tried to implement the technology in Android smartphones but failed. The Tango flop was partly due to Apple’s pressure with its purely software-based implementation of augmented reality, ARKit, which somehow relegated Google’s hardware-based implementation to obscurity. The Google Tango smartphones also offered users no added value compared to the conventional smartphones from the leading brands. It, for example, lacked entertainment and other common and useful AR apps. Devices such as the Zenfone AR were at best, just nice tech demos.
According to previous leaks, the LiDAR sensor leverages time-of-flight data in order to accurately measure the distance from the sensor to objects. This feature can be deployed into multiple users. It can for example help users create better-looking portraits. It also helps you realize better auto focus as well as better low-light performance. The LiDAR tech will also have a huge impact on the AR capabilities of iPhones and help power the growing augmented reality iPhone apps.
Apple is now proving that it can master both the hardware and the software aspect of AR implementation better than Google and actually has a clear vision for smartphone AR. We could see some new reveals on September 15th when new products will be presented during an Apple event.
That event is dubbed “Time Flies” which likely insinuates the time-of-flight technology that works in conjunction with the LiDAR scanners to measure a room in 3D. Apple has even designed invites to the event with an AR effect.
Irrespective of the successes of the LiDAR technology in both iPhone and iPad, Apple will likely test the new technology with the aim of integrating it into possible Augmented Reality glasses. The test production is reportedly already in progress.
The iPhone 12 Pro is set to launch in October.