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Apple wants to make lidar a big deal on iPhone 12 Pro and beyond. What it is and why it matters – CNET

The new iPhone 12 Pro and 2020 iPad Pro have a new sensor that adds depth scanning for AR and could improve your photos, too.

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The iPhone 12 Pro’s lidar sensor — the black circle at the bottom right of the camera unit — opens up AR possibilities.
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Apple is going bullish on lidar, a technology that’s brand new to the iPhone 12 family, specifically to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. (The iPhone 12 Pro is on sale now, with the iPhone 12 Pro Max with the Pro Max following in a few weeks.)
Peer closely at one of the new iPhone 12 Pro models, or the most recent iPad Pro, and you’ll see a little black dot ne…

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