Something exciting has just come up! While there hasn’t been much news on the iPhone side of things, a tweet from Choco_bit has us up from our seats. The tweet shows an image of the iPhone and the camera array that it may have. This is reported by 9to5Mac as well, linking it to their article.
— Fudge (@choco_bit) April 5, 2020
The Camera Setup on iPhone 12
As seen above, it shows a schematic of the upcoming iPhone 12 and or 12 Pro model. We currently have seen such a similar design in the latest iPad Pro models. According to the tweet, they believe the fourth sensor added is a LiDAR sensor. It is the same as that in the iPad Pro, used for Augmented Reality applications.
According to Apple, a while back, they were going to add a new depth sensor this year. Perhaps, the addition of the LiDAR sensor would suffice to that. Now, the question is, why to add this, bumping up the cost even more. Well, according to the article, Apple would be releasing four new iPhones this year. They continue to add that while two of the phones would have a similar camera setup to the current model, the two higher-end ones would have a 4 camera setup. Now we can say with some certainty that this would be the LiDAR sensor.
Apple must be pushing for this sensor because it is reportedly working on some in-house apps. These apps would make use of this LiDAR sensor and other AR tech. Not to mention, this would be good for other manufacturers and developers from companies who are actually working for this application on the current iPad. Hopefully, Apple won’t crank up the price because of this addition. Currently, we do not know much about the device. Perhaps we would in the days to come. Hopefully, everything stays according to schedule and we don’t see any delays because of the current COVID-19 threat.