A new glass panel, supposedly destined for iPhone 12 Pro, might reveal the location of the handset’s new LiDAR Scanner.
In the image, shared Tuesday on Twitter by leaker Mr·white, an additional hole appears alongside the three camera cutouts in the top corner of the panel. Unlike all the other holes, which are left wide open, this one has a dark covering like that on the 2020 iPad Pro.
A LiDAR Scanner is believed to be one of many improvements coming to the iPhone 12 lineup this fall — alongside a next-generation A14 processor, faster 5G connectivity and upgraded cameras.
A recent report revealed, however, that the LiDAR Scanner will be exclusive to more expensive Pro models, just like it is in the iPad lineup. Now we seem to know exactly where the sensor will sit.
iPhone 12 Pro glass spills LiDAR Scanner’s home
If the new Twitter leak proves genuine, the LiDAR Scanner will sit alongside iPhone 12 Pro’s three camera sensors. It will be positioned on the right side, beneath the phone’s Ultra Wide lens and True Tone flash.
The handset’s rear-facing microphone, which sits in this position on iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, has been moved over slightly to accommodate the new sensor.
— Mr·white (@laobaiTD) September 1, 2020
It’s not clear if this glass panel was manufactured for iPhone 12 Pro or the larger Pro Max. However, multiple rumors indicate both models will come with a LiDAR Scanner that will boost the devices’ augmented reality capabilities.
The sensor’s inclusion on iPhone could lead to greater support for AR from developers. Some great apps take advantage of it on iPad Pro, but not nearly enough to make it essential.
iPhone 12 Pro cases leak out
Another leak, which surfaced on Chinese social network Weibo, reveals what is believed to be an iPhone 12 Pro Max case. It, too, shows a cutout for a LiDAR Scanner in exactly the same position.
An earlier Bloomberg report, citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans, claimed iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are two of four Apple handsets launching this fall. The others will be more affordable options.