Following a complaint earlier today about the built-in camera for future Macs, leaker DylanDKT has now shared on Twitter some details about the next-gen iPhone. According to him, the LiDAR scanner will remain exclusive to the iPhone 13 Pro line, which means that the sensor will not be available on the cheaper models.
Early iPhone 13 rumors suggested that Apple wanted to implement the LiDAR scanner across the lineup this year, not just Pro models. However, the company is no longer expected to release the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini with a LiDAR scanner.
More recent reports had previously suggested that LiDAR would not be coming to entry-level iPhone models this year, and Dylan corroborates those reports. In a new tweet on Sunday, the leaker said that “LiDAR will only come on pro iPhone models,” although he also confirmed that Apple is considering including the sensor in all models at some point.
LiDAR will only be available on iPhone pro models. Earlier this year, it looked like Apple wanted to launch all iPhone 13 / 12S models with LiDAR, but for some reason that won't happen this year.
The LiDAR scanner was first introduced with the iPad Pro 2020 and then added to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. It uses Time-of-Flight technology to measure the distance between the sensor and objects so that the camera can capture depth with exact measurements. Apple uses LiDAR primarily to enhance the AR experience, but it also allows for night mode portrait photos and other camera enhancements.
Rumors suggest that Apple is also working on a better ultra-wide lens for the iPhone 13 Pro models. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro are expected to feature a similar design to the iPhone 12 with a new processor, a smaller notch, and extended 5G support. The new iPhones are expected to be introduced between September and October.
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