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Apr 12, 2001

Apple is expected to expand its LiDAR Scanner to the entire iPhone 13 lineup in 2021, rather than only the Pro and Pro Max models, according to supply chain sources cited by Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes.


First introduced on the iPad Pro in March 2020, and since expanded to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, the LiDAR Scanner is a small sensor that uses 3D sensing to measure the distance to surrounding objects up to five meters away. This technology allows for enhanced augmented reality experiences and other unique capabilities, such as the ability to measure a person's height instantly.

Apple frequently introduces new features or specs on higher-end devices before trickling them down to lower-end devices in later years. For example, while OLED displays were limited to the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, with the standard iPhone 11 using an LCD, the entire iPhone 12 lineup is equipped with OLED displays.

Apple is predicted to return to its traditional September unveiling of the iPhone 13 lineup, which is expected to include the same four models, including a 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini, 6.1-inch iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, and 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max. (These names are simply placeholders and could certainly end up being different.)

Article Link: Apple Rumored to Expand LiDAR Scanner to Entire iPhone 13 Lineup


macrumors demi-god
Apr 23, 2015
Lidar is still underused in the iPhone, but what it does, it does magically. Cue measuring my daughter’s height without tape.
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macrumors Penryn
Dec 15, 2010
well this was expected via Ross Young as well.

means pro motion for pro models in 2021 and non pro models likely to get it in 2022.

Least means non pros to get a telephoto then from the sounds.

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macrumors 68000
May 30, 2016
I highly doubt this for two reasons.
#1: it’s DigiTimes. That’s basically the mark of failure when it comes to Apple rumors.
#2: The rumors from back in August or September suggested that the 2021 iPhones would also all get the triple camera set up. That plus this basically means that the only thing that would separate the “pro” iPhones is 120Hz, and I highly doubt that’s the case.
apples not gonna charge you an extra $300 just for 120hz and stainless steel. So no, I don’t think that all four iPhones are going to become this identical next year
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macrumors 68020
Apr 20, 2016
La Jolla, CA
Would like to see the 1.7 um Back Wide Image Sensor in the 12 Pro Max trickle-down to the three bigger "13" models !

Much more valuable & important than Lidar trickling-down.


macrumors 68030
Jun 20, 2009
Lincoln, UK
I would like a LiDAR scanner for my game development (capturing real world objects for making 3D meshes), but don't want a big phone. I might stick with my original SE it bit longer if more sources appear that back this up.


macrumors 68040
Oct 22, 2010
I didn't buy the mini, I have SE2 but I think that the Mini is probably the best iPhone since iPhone 4. The size, weight etc. is just incredible.

Not fan of huge phones so eventually I will get the mini but probably in 2022-2023 the earliest. By then I will get so much more. :)

Lets hope Apple learns that even small phones have a market and people desire those too. Not just phablets nonsense :)

And here I am thinking that iPhone 12 Mini is the best iPhone in 7 years.
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