New Apple Leak Reveals iPhone 15 Essential Upgrade
Apple is betting a big chunk of its future on augmented reality (AR), but if the company wants to realize those dreams, it is essential its most popular product steps up. Now new leaks claim the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will do just that.
In a new research note (via MacRumors), Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis and Tom O’Malley reveal that Apple will equip its iPhone 15 Pro models with an all-new LiDAR scanner from Sony. And given the muted reception to the current scanner, this is something Apple has to get right second time around.
It is also the second time we have heard this rumor in quick succession. Respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed last month that Sony will replace Lumentum and WIN Semiconductors as the exclusive LiDAR components supplier for iPhone 15 Pro models.
Kuo touts Sony’s solution as being more power efficient, with the potential for better performance with the same power consumption. Alternatively, it could offer the same level of performance with reduced battery drain, though this seems unlikely if Apple wants to step up its AR game.
First introduced in 2020 for iPhone 12 Pro models, the LiDAR Scanner is a hardware component that measures light distance and captures depth information. As it stands, usage cases have been niche (good video explainer below), but improving the sensor would open up more realistic AR experiences (an early AR hit was Pokemon Go). 3D modeling would also benefit, as well as portrait and night mode photography because the LiDAR sensor doesn’t require light to work.
This is a big deal for Apple as it needs more app developers to utilize LiDAR in accessible and engaging ways. That said, with Apple yet to launch LiDAR for standard iPhones (iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models will again miss out), it shows the challenge of commercializing this technology remains at lower price points.
Aside from a next-gen LiDAR Scanner, numerous other rumors are swirling about potential upgrades for the iPhone 15 Pro. The most likely include a more rounded design with thinner bezels, solid-state volume and mute buttons, new chassis materials and colors, a massive rear…