Let’s talk about iPhones with LiDAR and what this scanner/sensor is used for. LiDAR stands for Light Detection And Ranging.
All iPhones with LiDAR
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 13 Pro Max
- iPhone 14 Pro
- iPhone 14 Pro Max
LiDAR and its Applications
LiDAR sensor rapidly fires out lasers and uses the time it takes for this light to reflect back from objects to the sensor to calculate the distance. This time and distance data are then used in a variety of applications.
LiDAR sensor on iPhones that supports it has applications in Measurement of an object’s dimension, Portrait Mode, Night Mode, AR (Augmented Reality), and Auto-Focus (faster and more accurate).
This is similar to the ToF (Time of Flight) sensor on some Samsung phones as well as some other Android phones. But LiDAR is better because it uses multiple points as against the single, used by ToF on Android phones
Does iPhone 11 have a LiDAR scanner?
No, iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max do not have a LiDAR sensor.
Does the iPhone 13 have a LiDAR scanner?
Only the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max have the LiDAR sensor. The iPhone 13 and 13 mini do not.
Does the iPhone 14 Have a LiDAR Sensor?
No, iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus do not have LiDAR. It is only available on the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max.
LiDAR is similar to RADAR (Radio Detection And Ranging). Just that RaDAR uses Radio waves while LiDAR uses Light.
LiDAR is used to detect objects around by firing lasers, measure how long it takes for the light to reflect back, which it then uses to determine how far away they are, and create a 3D model of the object.
LiDAR creates a better 3D model of an object than RADAR but RADAR has a wider range and it is cheaper.
RADAR is not also affected but things like Rain, Snow, Fog, etc all of which interfere with Light. They can both be used with other sensors and GPS.
To wrap this up, above are all the current iPhones with LiDAR and how the sensor works.