The next generation of iPhones will all offer a LiDAR scanner – a feature that is currently only offered by the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max models.
This is according to a
report on DigiTimes that claims industry sources confirmed that the technology will be added to “all 2021 iPhone models”.
The news is based on an apparent agreement Apple has come to with manufacturer Sony, which will mean that the LiDAR scanners will be used in iPhones for the next three years at least.
The LiDAR scanners currently feature in the 2020 iPad Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max.
If you are wondering what’s LiDAR is – and whether it is worth having read our
guide to LiDAR. In brief the technology enables you to use an LiDAR equipped iPhone or iPad to measure and map a 3D space (useful for AR games and interior design). It can also be a benefit for photography – especially at night time or in low light because it can use the data collected by the scanner to focus on the surroundings.
It is likely to become an even more useful feature as more developer make use of the technology in their apps.
However, a few days later Kuo suggested that there wouldn’t in fact be a new camera for the iPhone 13. Kuo suggested in a note to investors that we will not see new camera lenses in this autumn’s models of iPhone. Read:
iPhone 13 camera lenses will be same as 12 – Kuo.
Another report suggests the cameras of the iPhone 13 could be about 0.9mm larger. Read more here:
iPhone 13 will look like iPhone 12 with smaller notch bigger camera.
In addition, a January 2021 Bloomberg report and Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo claim that the
2021 iPhone will have Touch ID below screen and no lightning port.
Read more about what to expect from the iPhone 13 in our
iPhone 13 hub. We also have this article regarding the 5G capabilities of the 2021 iPhone:
iPhone 13 could bring faster 5G to UK.
We round up all the rumours about the cameras in the 2021 iPhone series here:
iPhone 13 camera features coming in 2021.