Based on information from supply chain sources, DigiTimes reports that Apple will ship all next-generation iPhones (presumably iPhone 13) with LiDAR scanner technology. Currently, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max models have LiDAR scanners in their new camera system for more depth in photographs, measuring spaces, designing interiors, and more. 2020 iPad Pro model is also equipped with LiDAR scanner technology.
LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology is used to measure distances by shining laser light on a surface or object and measuring the reflection with a sensor. The technology has various mobile, terrestrial and airborne applications. It can also be used in navigating and controlling autonomous vehicles.
“The LiDAR Scanner on iPhone 12 Pro measures how long it takes light to reflect back from objects, so it can create a depth map of any space you’re in. Because it’s ultrafast and accurate, AR apps can now transform a room into a realistic rainforest or show you exactly how a new sneaker will fit.” – Apple
All iPhone 13 models will come with LiDAR scanner in 2021
While reporting on LiDAR sensors in Andriod smartphones in 2021-2022, the report claims that Apple will offer the advanced scanning technology in all upcoming iPhone models this year.
Apple has adopted dToF LiDAR scanner in iPad Pro and iPhone 12 Pro series, and is expected to apply the scanner technology to all its 2021 iPhone models, which will remain available with face ID sensors, the sources said.
Furthermore, DigiTimes writes that majority of Andriod or “non-Apple” smartphones will heavily use the LiDAR scanners by 2022.
The sources said non-Apple handset vendors are expected to massively incorporate dToF technology into their new models to be rolled out in first-half 2022, and Sony is likely to re-design its CIS offerings for use in Android-powered handsets while Taiwan’s III-V partners will be able to start shipments of VCSEL chips in second-half 2021.
Today, renowned tech analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo ambiguously stated that Apple will launch AR devices along with AirTags in 2021. There was a lot of speculation over which AR devices was he talking about; AR glasses or AR headsets. Maybe, Kuo was referring to the new iPhone 13 with LiDAR scanners for AR experience across all iPhone models and not just Pro models.