The rumor: Apple plans to expand LiDAR to more iPhones this year, according to DigiTimes (65.1% accurate).
- All 4 iPhone 13 models may feature LiDAR scanners, which is currently only available on iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
- LiDAR is primarily useful in AR scenarios, but also helps with low-light autofocus and portrait mode photos
Our take: As Apple prepares to launch AR glasses as soon as 2022, a solid ecosystem of AR hardware will be required: LiDAR on all iPhones is a step forward there. Odd that this Pro-positioned feature could go on all models so soon, though.