iPhone 13 leaks are already in full flow, ranging from the expected to the long awaited, and now there’s big news for the whole range.
Following up its recent next-gen iPhone design leaks, popular Taiwanese tech site DigiTimes reveals that Apple has signed a three-year contract with Sony to increase production of its LiDAR scanners. The end game of which is to bring this currently Pro-only technology to every iPhone 13 model this year. And it’s going to get better as well.
DigiTimes states that Sony will produce “new-generation” LiDAR components and the three-year contract also reveals that LiDAR will be a core iPhone feature for the foreseeable future. This is important because, while the functionality of LiDAR is hugely impressive for both improving depth mapping in photography and 3D environmental scanning (where the uses are potentially endless – note the tech demo below), it has remained a niche implementation since it was first introduced on the iPad Pro in March 2020.
In fact, I would go even further and suggest you should expect big things of LiDAR in 2021. After all, if Apple is prioritizing the expense of LiDAR over more commonplace (even commodity) technology like high refresh rate displays (which will be limited to iPhone 13 Pro models), then the message is clear: the company is going to invest heavily in LiDAR as a differentiator to rival smartphones.
Throw in the other features already leaked about the iPhone 13 line-up: a smaller notch, next-gen 5G, more storage, ‘disruptive’ WiFi and a mask-friendly security upgrade and the range looks compelling.
That said, it still doesn’t compare to what Apple is planning next.
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