The updated Apple iPad Pro tablets presented today received, among other things, lidars. These are the first mobile devices with such equipment, but it’s not yet clear why this is necessary. Apple itself mentioned mainly augmented reality, but there are not many such applications, and not everyone uses them. Perhaps Apple is preparing us for something completely new and more serious.
Against this background, designer and insider Ben Geskin decided to imagine what the upcoming iPhone 12 might look like. To clarify, the renders are based only on existing Apple devices and the author’s fantasies, but in general they look quite believable.
As you can see, in the design of camera modules that we now have in the iPhone, there is quite a place for lidars. But whether smartphones need them is still a question.