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Sony is reportedly set to take over from Lumentum and WIN Semi as the sole supplier of LiDAR scanner components for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models. The information comes from a reliable source: reputable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
In a series of tweets published recently, Kuo indicated that Sony’s time-of-flight VCSEL offers lower power consumption than the current suppliers’ technology. This, in turn, could lead to the LiDAR scanner being more power-efficient on the new iPhone models. As Kuo noted, this could result in either longer battery life or better performance at the same level of power consumption as on existing iPhones.
The upgraded LiDAR scanner on the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max could also have a significant impact on camera features, such as Night mode and autofocus, as well as augmented reality applications. LiDAR technology has been a game-changer since its introduction on the iPhone 12 Pro models in 2020, allowing for depth information and light distance measurements.
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According to Kuo, the LiDAR scanner will remain exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro models. The new technology from Sony promises to make the upcoming iPhone models even more impressive, with the possibility of improved battery life and better camera features. The move to Sony as the sole supplier also highlights the company’s ability to innovate and lead in the development of cutting-edge technology.