With the launch of the iPhone 12, Apple introduced a LiDAR scanner to its iPhones that they initially debuted with the iPad Pro in 2020. However, only the iPhone 12 Pro models had the feature, while the other models did not. However, that is expected to change with this year’s iPhone lineup.
This is based on a report from DigiTimes in which the publication claims that their sources have told them that Apple is expected to use LiDAR scanners across the board for its 2021 iPhones. With the inclusion of LiDAR on the iPhone 12 Pro series, Apple has used the technology to allow the phone to gain faster focusing when taking photos in low-light.
What’s interesting about this report is that it seems to go hand in hand with an earlier report about Apple potentially releasing its smart glasses this year. Apple’s rumored smart glasses are said to rely on the iPhone for processing, and given that LiDAR scanners are used to help in augmented reality situations, it makes sense that Apple would equip its 2021 iPhones with the technology, which in turn could be used to help boost the smart glasses’ capabilities.
Of course, this is just speculation on our part, but at the same time it makes sense. When it comes to new hardware, Apple usually limits it to its higher-end models first before it starts trickling down to the rest of the lineup, so even if it has nothing to do with the rumored smart glasses, it isn’t surprising that LiDAR would eventually find its way to the entire iPhone lineup.