New rumors around the next iPhone 12 have just appeared and confirm others, notably mentioning the appearance of a LiDAR scanner in its photo unit. It is a tool that allows more precision, but also new possibilities in terms of augmented reality …

After the success of his iPhone 11 Launched in the fall of 2019, Apple is developing the future model of its flagship product, which will logically be called “iPhone 12”.

During the months leading up to its presentation, and especially its release (scheduled for September, but which could be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic), specialized sites are necessarily on the lookout for any little info on the novelties that this new iPhone could feature. And there is one that is being confirmed: the presence of a LiDAR scanner within the camera unit. This high-precision tool is used to perfectly map in 3D the environment in which we find ourselves, thanks to the projection of infrared points. The photos would thus gain in precision and speed. But LiDAR would on the other hand only be integrated in the Pro and Pro + versions, and not in the standard version of the iPhone 12. An addition which seems in any case to consolidate the work undertaken by Apple on iOS 14 …

With a scanner making it possible to identify objects in space more precisely, the iPhone 12 would thus be perfectly suited to augmented reality applications. And guess one of the main novelties currently being developed by Apple for iOS 14, the new version of its operating system? Augmented reality, precisely! There is even talk of a specific application, called Gobi, which would display the various devices in an Apple Store, while showing their prices, functions, and making comparisons between products.

The LiDAR scanner, already in the iPad Pro, soon in the iPhone 12?

Already present on the new iPad Pro, the LiDAR scanner would be, according to diagrams that leaked in the beta version of iOS 14, integrated into the photo block, replacing the sensor at the bottom right. Above all, it would allow Apple to do more than catch up with the competition, but outright overtake it. Currently, Android smartphones are increasingly equipped with time-of-flight (ToF) sensors. This system sends a light pulse that allows the device to calculate the time it takes for light to return in order to estimate the distance between objects. With LiDAR, the exercise is more precise, thanks to light beams which illuminate the scene point by point, and not in a kind of general flash. It’s a bit technical, but basically the scanner allows you to do more in detail than overall.

These two discoveries on the next iPhone 12 are sure to revive the rumor around the Apple Glasses, the augmented reality glasses that the Cupertino company has been trying to develop for many years … A few more months of patience to see if they can accompany this iPhone 12, which therefore seems to be geared towards augmented reality.

In the meantime, you can find all the iPhone models already on sale on the SFR online store.

Sources: Phonadroid, Clubic, Futura-Sciences