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Apple Store / Apple news / Not all iPhones will have a LiDAR scanner. How bad is it, or is it good for users?
13 September 2021

Not all iPhones will have a LiDAR scanner. How bad is it, or is it good for users?

Not all iPhone 13 models will have a LiDAR scanner

Olha Muntean

Insiders, as always, are not asleep. As soon as they catch a glimpse of something on their twitter, the audience immediately begins to spread whatever they say. But apple insiders are an art form of their own. After all, the annual presentations of the iPhone are so important for many people that they stand in the same row with the birthday and the New Year.

And therefore, in tons of speculation, it is necessary to look for real pearls in order to obtain reliable information. And the rumors are about the LiDAR system.

Will LiDAR be on the new iPhone 13?

Well, you can immediately answer - yes. Some devices will definitely be equipped with this scanner, which will allow users to enjoy using their smartphone 100%. However, insiders said that not all devices will be equipped with this function, which, on the one hand, is obvious, but on the other, no less regrettable.

lidar scanning

What is the reason for this decision is unknown, but at the upcoming presentation it will become known how true the rumors are.

What is LiDAR?

LiDAR, or Light Detection and Ranging, is a technology that allows you to collect information and measurements in order to be able to create a model of a scanned room in the future.

Roughly speaking, the phone turns into a radar that can read information about the room you are in, which will allow you to create a 3D model of your apartment, or even a map of the area where you are.

This technology is actively used to navigate the terrain, which is used in cars.

ipad scanning

But this scanner has not only "scientific" and "serious" applications. For example, you can scan a room and show a friend so that he can walk over it, as if he was there. Quite an interesting entertainment function. And the language will not turn to call it frivolous, or unscientific. It just doesn't have such an important purpose as, for example, navigation, or the creation of maps.

LiDAR and iPhone

First there was motion recognition. Then came the recognition of people.

Yes, Lidar is used to create various effects, or filters for different social networks. But this is not the only use of the function in apple gadgets. It is actively used in photography, which allows you to improve focus, and make better quality night landscapes and portraits.

lidar phone

In addition, with the help of LiDAR, for example, they created 3D mock-ups of Tesla, which looked very good, as for images created on an iPhone. And this function allows you to add stylized 3D notes to photos, and in general, play with 3D.

What is the functionality of LiDAR now?

There are a number of iPhone apps that let you play around with this feature, get your fill of fun and wow. These include:

  • Complete Anatomy. A very interesting application that allows you to study in real time how a person's muscles and his body in general work in augmented reality mode.
  • RoomScan LiDAR. An application, screenshots from which have been walking for a very long time on the network. Just a great editor to create the layout of the room you need.
  • IKEA Place. One of the most interesting applications that allows you to use augmented reality to try on new interior elements.

ipad room

And the spectrum for expansion is phenomenal, because there is too much to imagine. However, the news that such a function will not be available on all smartphones of the new line is dumbfounded, and makes you afraid that you will miss something cool, and that such an interesting functionality will not receive proper development.

What to expect from the presentation?

It is highly likely that at the presentation we will make sure that there will be no scanners. It is necessary to give an account and understand that Apple is far from being stupid, and even if the very "insiders" are not their doing, then they are obliged to monitor the audience's reaction to them.

Despite the fact that Lidar is a phenomenal feature, many people are not aware of its uses and benefits, which would not give the company a reason to think about implementing the feature in all devices. After all, they realize that the audience is unlikely to be upset by such a decision, and those who need such a scanner will simply purchase a device equipped with it.

We can only hope that the rumors will remain rumors, and such an interesting and creative function will allow us to get more and more new experience of using our favorite apple technology.

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