Over the last couple of years, Apple has been directing its focus to boost its Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) capabilities. Earlier this month, it launched the new iPad Pro with LiDAR ( short form for Light Detection and Ranging) sensors. Now, if industry whispers are anything to go by, they are planning to use similar technology in its new series of iPhone, which is going to be the iPhone 12 series.
As per a report by 9To5 Mac (via Beebom), Apple is all set to include LiDAR sensors in the iPhone 12 series smartphones, and this will then beef up the phone’s AR capabilities.
As per the report, the iOS 14 code has evidence of a new app, called Gobi, which focusses on AR capabilities and will also tap into the power of LiDAR sensors. Not only this, Gobi will also allow the users to study their own environment and extract more information about the different products around them. What this will lead to is that there will be more real-world usage of AR technology. This particular technology has been restricted only to the gaming world right now.
The aforementioned report also says that Apple will release a software development kit or an API integration which would then enable third-party apps to integrate this feature in their apps. Now, there is no clarity if it would give the API for free or there will be royalties charged on the same.
However, the company is also grappling with the coronavirus lockdown. There are reports which suggest that it could postpone the launch of its 5G iPhone owing to the lockdown. The company will be forced to push the launch of a 5G-enabled iPhone in to late 2020 or even till 2021.