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iPhone 12, LiDAR scanner only in the Pro version

By Giacomo Martiradonna Monday 6 April 2020

practically certain. At least one variant of iPhone 12 will have a 3D camera with Immersive Augmented Reality. Here's how this revolutionary technology will work.

iPhone 12 Pro with LiDAR scannerApril 6, 2020 update it has been talked about for some time, and apparently the rumors were right. According to rumors circulating these days, iPhone 12 will have one LiDAR scanner with advanced Immersive Augmented Reality features, but not on all models. Here's how it will work and what it will allow you to do.

iPhone 12, Apple fears low sales success

iPhone 12, Apple fears low sales success

Apple is thinking about the possibility of postponing the launch of the iPhone 12 "for many months." A painful decision, closely connected with the Coronavirus pandemic.

LiDAR Camera: How It Works

The technology that Apple has decided to employ is called VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers), which then an evolution of the one launched with iPhone X in 2017 and implemented in the so-called TrueDepth camera and which makes it possible Face ID, Animoji, Portrait mode and even features based on AirPods proximity sensor. the type of scanner that is found on the new iPad Pro and which makes Augmented Reality even more precise and reliable, thanks to the wide angle, ultra wide angle and telephoto triptych + VCSEL sensors.

It works like this: a special component emits invisible laser rays that bounce off the surfaces and are picked up by another component; based on the delay with which they go back ("time of flight") it is possible to build a very precise image of the users' face; with iPhone 12, on the other hand, it will also be possible to reconstruct the shape of the objects and the surrounding environment.

as a sort of pocket 3D scanner that allows you to place three-dimensional objects in the environment with greater precision, create more immersive Augmented Reality experiences and finally shoot even better photos, with a more credible Bokeh effect. In short, something very similar to Google's Tango Project, but much more efficient.

Project Tango, Google's smartphone is based on Apple PrimeSense technology

Project Tango, Google's smartphone is based on Apple PrimeSense technology

It seems incredible but Project Tango, Google's sci-fi smartphone capable of accurately mapping indoor and outdoor environments, based on Apple technology.

LiDAR on iPhone: Supported Models

Unfortunately, and as already mentioned, the LidAR scanner will be an exclusive of the top models, i.e. iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max. This is revealed by the references to the "d5x" code (with the "d4x" code, Apple refers to the iPhone 11 series; therefore, "d5x" certainly points to the next generation) found within the preliminary version of iOS 14 leaked these days . The overall design should be roughly what you see in the video above and in the image below. Good vision.