In recent weeks, Apple’s best iPhone 12 updates have fallen like flies, display frustration, design issues, and odd battery decisions. But the most exciting new addition, it seems, is now confirmed.
Picked up by the excellent new site AppleTrack, the first iPhone 12 Pro Max case to show the flagship phone’s redesigned camera array has leaked.
The case reveals not only the enlarged rear cameras but also how Apple will integrate its hugely exciting new LiDAR sensor in the phone’s triple camera array. And it’s not what everyone was expecting.
LiDAR Sensor to This Newest iPhone 12
Apple was widely tipped to add the LiDAR sensor. It is by shifting the iPhone 11’s triangular camera setup. Then, it compliments into a square design of four equal-sized lenses (three cameras, one LiDAR sensor).
Instead, the case shows Apple has kept the same layout and managed to shrink the LiDAR sensor down significantly from the large module first seen in the iPad Pro in March.
The effect is a camera hump sensor that is as low as the LED flash. In addition, it can nestle into the camera’s bottom right corner.
Although trypophobia sufferers will be happy with this new design, it does raise questions. In particular, Apple has managed to shrink the LiDAR sensor without affecting the superb 3D mapping performance. And does LiDAR turn up on the smaller iPhone 12 Pro as well? (Models losing out on iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Plus).
LiDAR performance will also get a big helping hand from Apple’s multi-generational A14 performance. My big concern, however, is battery life with this new high-performance hardware set to take a toll on its range downgraded battery tech. Especially with 5G added to the mix.