Contrary to previous reports, the regular iPhone 13 has to do without a professional function. As a new report describes, only buyers of the upcoming Pro models should still be able to use them.
The distinction between the regular iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 mini and the two Pro models should now remain a little more noticeable. Even now, Apple smartphones differ in terms of individual features that the cheaper basic models lack.
After initial reports a few months ago, according to which Apple would give these entry-level models one of these professional features, a turning point is now emerging. Leaker Dylandkt writes on Twitter that Apple’s plans have changed.
iPhone 13: Lidar Sensor still only in the Pro models
The LiDAR sensor on the back of the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max allows the immediate surroundings to be scanned. Among other things, the sensor enables advanced augmented reality applications. But the sensor can also provide support when taking photos. Furthermore, there are now numerous apps with which you can scan your own home and turn it into a 3D world.
A few months ago there were reports that Apple would give all these options to all models of the iPhone 13. The latest leak from Dylandkt now puts a damper on these hopes. The leaker had correctly predicted various Apple presentations in the past few months.
LiDAR will only be coming to the pro iPhone models. Earlier this year it seemed Apple wanted to release all iPhone 13/12S models with LiDAR but due to one reason or another, it won’t be happening this year.— Dylan (@dylandkt) July 11, 2021
A concrete reason is not given, so it can only be speculated. Possibly there are cost reasons or problems with the availability of the necessary components.
Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives last said repeatedly at the beginning of June, according to MacRumors, that the LiDAR sensor is expected in all iPhone 13 models. Ming-Chi Kuo, another usually well-informed analyst, had already announced doubts in March .
Even if the LiDAR sensor should be missing, the observers still expect various improvements to the camera system of the iPhone 13. Some analysts predict that all upcoming models will receive an updated ultra-wide-angle camera with an f / 1.8 aperture. A lens with an f / 2.4 aperture is currently used.