Apple has been giving huge importance to AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) in recent times. To support this, the Latest iPad Pro came with a LiDAR sensor (Light Detection and Ranging sensors). This sensor will let us capture 3D models of the environment.
Many developers got their hands on to iOS 14 code. And a developer from 9to5mac found evidence on a new AR-based app that Apple is currently working on. To take it to the next level, we need a LiDAR sensor and the same is about to feature in the new upcoming iPhone 12 lineup of devices.
The app found in the new iOS 14 code is currently codenamed as ‘Gobi’, this will make use of the LiDAR sensor to get the real-world 3D environment to view more information on a product like the pricing and ingredients.
Apple might also introduce an SDK or API for other third-party apps to support this feature. Apple is also reportedly testing the new features on the Starbucks app. It is still unclear whether the new API is available for everyone for free or only for a limited number of partners.
The new infrared projector that is about to feature on the time-of-flight (ToF) sensor will help us to capture a 3D model of the scene in front of the camera and convert them.
The infrared protector in the ToF sensor is something similar to the TruDepth camera system that enables the FaceID feature.
Furthermore, iOS 14 will be unveiled on the WWDC 2020 developer conference. Earlier this month, Apple announced WWDC 2020 will be an online-only event due to the Coronavirus outbreak.