iPhone 12 Pro : Apple Would Use A LIDAR Scanner Designed By Sony

 The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max would be well equipped with a LIDAR scanner dedicated to augmented reality. According to a leak, the sensor would be designed by Sony and would be similar to the one that already equips the iPad Pro 2020.

Early this year, Apple launched a new iPad Pro. This new version differs in particular from the previous one by the integration of a LIDAR scanner (Light detection and ranging). This sensor allows to calculate the depth of field by projecting laser points and to model the environment. The module greatly improves the rendering of augmented reality, one of the spearheads of Tim Cook, Apple's CEO.

LIDAR scanner and 120 Hz screen for the iPhone 12 Pro, it's confirmed
According to rumors that have appeared in recent months, Apple should reuse this LIDAR sensor on some models of iPhone 12. According to information gathered by Fast Company, a media outlet, the scanner will be reserved for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, the two higher-end models.

Manufactured by Sony, an expert in photo modules, this scanner allows the iPhone to "better differentiate between foreground and background" and to "create enhanced effects for the Portrait mode" in particular. Fast Company mentions important improvements for the Bokeh mode. The scanner will help avoid unsightly blurs, for example. Not surprisingly, the LIDAR scanner is also intended for applications based on augmented reality.

Secondly, the Fast Company report also confirms the integration of a 120 Hz screen on the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max. However, at the last news, Apple was still hesitating to integrate the 120 Hz screen. The brand would indeed fear not to get enough driver ICs for 120 Hz screen in time.

For the record, Apple will unveil the iPhone 12 at a keynote scheduled for October 2020. We'll tell you more as soon as possible.

Source: Fast Company

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