20 January 2021
Apple debuted the LiDAR scanner in its devices with the launch of the iPad Pro. It was expanded to iPhones with the current-gen iPhone 12 series but limited to Pro models. It means if you want to utilize LiDAR scanner benefits, you will have to pick either iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max which costs a lot. Now, a new Digitimes report has claimed that this limitation will not be there with the successor lineup.
The report mentions that Apple is expected to ship all four iPhone 13 models with a LiDAR scanner. This will result in even the standard iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini variants getting the extra sensor. It will bring the improved augmented reality experiences and a better depth sensing capability to a bigger audience.
It further adds that Apple has inked a deal with Sony that runs through 2023. The deal essentially means that iPhones will continue using LiDAR scanners for at least three more generations. This suggests that the Cupertino-based tech giant is committed to the technology even though there are people who question its practical usability in day-to-day life.
We have already heard rumors that iPhone 13 lineup will offer 120Hz displays but will restrict it to Pro models. These two models will actually use LTPO display panels that said to be easier on the battery life while pumping out the highest possible refresh rate.