KEY POINTS

  • Apple's iPhone 12 series is expected to have better camera features than the iPhone 11
  • A leak says all three lenses on the iPhone 12 Pro models rear camera setup are “a little larger than 11 Pro series”
  • Images showed that the iPhone 12 Pro's rear camera setup has a smaller LiDAR scanner

Apple's devices are often the subject of many leaks and reports well before they could be officially announced and released to the public. Now, a new leak unveiled details about one of the new iPhone 12 series devices' interesting features: the rear camera setup.

Images shared online via Twitter provide a quick, unofficial look at the new iPhone 12 Pro model's rear camera setups. The images posted by Apple leaker Komiya hint at improvements over the iPhone 11 Pro model cameras, particularly the addition of a new sensor.

In the tweet, Komiya indicated that all three lenses on the iPhone 12 Pro models rear camera setup are “a little larger than 11 Pro series.” The three cameras – a wide-angle sensor, a telephoto sensor and an ultra wide-angle sensor – were all found in the iPhone 11 Pro rear camera setup. The Twitter tipster simply said the sensors on the iPhone 12 Pro will be larger than the ones on the older devices.

Komiya's post implies that the cameras may have bigger sensors compared to the iPhone 11 Pro models' cameras, Tom's Guide, which spotted the tweet first, noted. The larger sensors could also result in improved photo quality, which is something that iPhone fans will be looking forward to, especially after the iPhone 11 series upped the mobile photography game with its features.

Next, the images that Komiya shared also showed that the iPhone 12 Pro's rear camera setup includes a LiDAR scanner. The LiDAR scanner in the images, however, appear smaller than the one in the 2020 iPad Pro.

It will be interesting to see how the smaller size affects the scanner's performance. It's either Apple has decided to give the iPhone 12 Pro weaker LiDAR performance compared to the iPad Pro to set a distinction between the two or it has developed a way to create smaller but equally powerful LiDAR scanners for use in mobile applications.

All that said, Komiya's tweet only features illustrations that may or may not be representative of the official product. Fans are advised to take the information with a grain of salt and wait for Apple to make announcements.

iPhone 11 Pro Unboxing iPhone 11 Pro Photo: Aaron Yoo(CC BY-ND 2.0)