Video shared by EverythingApplePro on Twitter shows the real back cover of the iPhone 12 instead of just the model as previously rumored. On the square camera cluster with three lenses, a small slot is located just below the camera with the super wide-angle lens. This may be the location where the 3D scanner is LiDAR – the previous parameter said by many sources only appeared on the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro model.
Other changes on the device include the position of the SIM card slot to the left edge and two volume up and down buttons. In addition, the iPhone 12 will also have larger metal cutouts on the sides to increase reception for the 5G antenna.
The exposed components continue to confirm that the device has a straight edge design like the iPhone 4, iPhone 5 instead of rounded like the iPhone 11. On the back of the iPhone 12 will still be matte glass and stainless steel edges.
LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is a miniature 3D scanner, working with the same principle as the ToF camera but with higher accuracy. The sensor emits a low-power laser beam to the environment, and then receives the light that is reflected back to the hardware for processing. From data such as laser return times, the system builds three-dimensional maps that simulate space, objects and people.
Appearing on the iPad Pro 2020, LiDAR is Apple’s proprietary technology, allowing users to measure the distance to an object within a range of 5 meters and operate at the “photon level at a nanosecond rate”. According to Apple, motion sensor, LiDAR and visual algorithm on the A12Z Bionic microprocessor help the device “understand details in the real landscape”.
Apple is expected to launch four new iPhone models this year with two regular versions and two high-end models. The company confirmed it will hold an event on September 15 but according to Bloomberg, “Apple” will only launch new iPads and Apple Watch. Only the iPhone 12 series will not be released until October.