The iPhone 12 Pro has lots of exciting features. We’ve all heard of 5G connectivity,  even if it’s not available where we all live yet and Apple fans will be familiar with MagSafe too. But what is a LiDAR scanner?

Short for ‘Light Detection and Ranging’, this sensor bounces infrared lights off surfaces to create 3D maps. Like so much futuristic tech, it was developed by the US military in the 1960s. Now Apple is pitching it as the Next Big Thing for mobile by including it in the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max as well as some iPad Pro models.



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