iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro Tipped to Debut With a LiDAR Sensor

Apple already offers a LiDAR sensor on the iPad Pro 2020 models.


iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro could include four sensors at the back

One of these four sensors is said to be a LiDAR sensor

iPhone 12 Pro models are expected to debut later this year

Apple is rumoured to have the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max in the pipeline with a Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensor. This new sensor would sit alongside the triple rear camera setup that is likely to include wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle, and telephoto shooters. A rough sketch apparently showing off the back of the iPhone 12 Pro has surfaced online. It is said to have been sourced from iOS 14, the software version that would come as an update to the existing iOS 13.

The sketch, which was posted on Instagram by an account ConceptsiPhone, is said to be of the iPhone 12 Pro. It shows a quad rear camera setup on the iPhone, along with an LED flash module sitting in the middle of the four sensors. While three sensors appear on the leaked image are meant for photography, the fourth one is the LiDAR sensor, as reported by a Twitter user who goes by pseudo username @choco_bit.

Apple could use the LiDAR sensor on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max to offer newer augmented reality (AR) experiences. This would be similar to how the company is planning to explore new avenues with the iPad Pro 2020 models that also carry a LiDAR sensor alongside two distinct camera sensors.