Apple may well equip all iPhone 13 with LiDAR sensors. The technology, introduced with the latest iPad Pro and extended to the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, would even be found on several other devices in the coming years. Android smartphone manufacturers would also be interested in the famous scanner.
The lidar sensor
Apple has high ambitions for its LiDAR sensor. The technology, which allows the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max to accurately measure the height of people, is currently not present on the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini. It seems that this is about to change on the next flagships of the firm from Cupertino. Indeed, new information indicates that the company plans to include a LiDAR scanner to all iPhone 13.
This decision would follow Apple’s same strategy for OLED displays. Only the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max were equipped with them, while all iPhone 12s benefited from them when they were released. In addition, the technology was one of the major selling points stated by the manufacturer during the presentation of its latest smartphones, as well as that of the latest iPad Pro. It, therefore, seems logical that future devices will also offer this functionality.
Other Apple devices could be equipped with a LiDAR sensor.
The LiDAR sensors used by Apple are manufactured by Sony, with whom the apple company has signed a three-year contract. It is therefore possible that the latter will extend the technology to other devices. The company has already filed a patent for the Apple Glass, which would have a “night vision” mode thanks to the scanner.
The glasses would not be the only ones to benefit from the device. The Titan project led by Apple aims to integrate the LiDAR sensor in autonomous cars. On the Android side, several manufacturers, led by Samsung, are also looking into the technology for their next smartphones. The Cupertino-based firm could present the four iPhone 13 expected in September 2021, in line with its usual practice.