LiDAR and the new iPad 2020- Features, Functionality, Flow

The newest product addition to Apple’s arsenal boasts a LiDAR scanner built-in. The question arises, why does it have a LiDAR scanner in the first place?

LiDAR and the new iPad 2020- Features, Functionality, Flow
LiDAR and the new iPad 2020- Features, Functionality, Flow

LiDAR and the new iPad 2020- Features, Functionality, Flow

As tech giants come in as early adopters for unique technology at unconventional places, Apple has taken another step in the tech-savvy direction with their all-new iPad with LiDAR.

LiDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging, which is a technology that enables the scanning and measurement of the distance of an object with laser light. LiDAR works like SONAR but with light rays instead of sound. The technology helps build 3D models of areas that have been used in a variety of industries.

But what the world is curious about is the iPad 2020. The newest product addition to Apple’s arsenal boasts a LiDAR scanner built-in. The question arises, why does it have a LiDAR scanner in the first place?

Many users and Apple enthusiasts assume that the LiDAR feature is to enhance Apple’s popular Face Recognition feature. Still, LiDAR is primarily used in Augmented Reality Applications and not Face Recognition. 

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The iPad Pro (2020) has been installed with a LiDAR scanner to increase its accuracy and measurement systems. A problem area for Apple for quite some time now, distance measurement by Apple devices have been known to be inaccurate. 

According to online reviews of the product, the LiDAR sensors of the Apple iPad are “awesome” and are able to understand the height and depth of a room in split seconds. The system is able to create a spatial map of a room almost instantaneously. 

A LiDAR system uses pulse laser rays to calculate the time, usually in nanoseconds, it takes for the light to reflect back to its original point. This helps build 3D models that are very accurate and helps build better models than traditional cameras and imagery ever could.

The Apple iPad is said to benefit incredibly from the added feature since Apps like Apple’s Measure would be able to take more accurate measurements of heights. It will also assist Apple’s Augmented Reality platform, ARKit. 

Finally, the LiDAR system will also help developers build better apps because they would be able to leverage the availability of this technology on the devices that use these apps.

While the system has brought with it a radically faster Augmented Reality experience, many critics feel it has been added for future technology and software that has not really arrived yet for the consumers. 

Many technology critics feel that the LiDAR feature is an unnecessary addition to the product that brings very little value.

While LiDAR has just been introduced in B2C tech recently, and Apple has made a big move, it has existed in multiple business spheres and industries such as infrastructure development, autonomous vehicles, and construction for quite some time.