Apple is going bullish on lidar, a technology that’s brand-new to thefamily, specifically to the iPhone 12 Pro and . (All four iPhone 12 variants, including the , are .) Peer closely at one of the new iPhone 12 Pro models, or the , and you’ll see a little black dot near the camera lenses, about the same size as the flash. That’s the lidar sensor, and it’s a new type of depth-sensing that could make a difference in a number of interesting ways.
If Apple has its way, lidar is a term you’ll start hearing a lot now, so let’s break down what we know, what Apple is going to use it for and where the technology could go next. And if you’re curious what it does right now, I spent some hands-on time with the tech,