Apple is pitching the new
Pro Max--its most expensive iPhone of 2020-- as an ultimate device for professional videography and photography. Claiming it to be the best camera quality that any smartphone camera can offer, the
iPhone 12 Pro Max
records in Dolby VisionHDR. The new iPhone 12 Pro max features a new seven-element lens Wide camera with an ƒ/1.6 aperture with improved low-light performance in photo and video. But the key highlight is that Apple has introduced a
Scanner in both the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max models.
Apple had earlier introduced LiDAR in the iPad Pro (2020), so what is LiDAR? LiDAR is simply known as Light Detection and Ranging and works similar to Radar. In a LiDAR system, a laser pulse is thrown out through a transmitter and photons or light particles are then traced back to a receiver unit. Apple is using LiDAR in the iPhone 12 Pro models for immersive augmented reality (AR).
“This technology delivers faster, more realistic AR experiences and improves autofocus by 6x in low-light scenes for more accuracy and reduced capture time in photos and videos. This advanced hardware, combined with the power of the Neural Engine of A14 Bionic, also unlocks Night mode portraits, rendering a beautiful low-light bokeh effect,” explains Apple.
LiDAR will offer better auto-focus in lowlight conditions and faster shutter speed while shooting videos and photos. But that’s not all. The LiDAR Scanner oworks in both indoor and outdoor lighting scenarios and measures the distance to surrounding objects up to 5 meters away. Apple claims this system to work at the photon level at nano-second speeds. The data is collected from the cameras and motion sensors to provide detailed AR experience.
With this technology, developers can create more insightful and meaningful AR apps. For example, the default Measure app will improve and not to forget, AR games will become more realistic and intuitive. Developers can create apps for e-commerce platforms that will allow users to place furniture and other objects virtually inside their room and see how it will look before buying.
Apps like Complete Anatomy will introduce a new mobility assessment tool based on this LiDAR technology for physical therapists and their patients by empowering them with quantified information on their progress, tracking their mobility improvements throughout their recovery.