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What does iPhone 12 Pro’s lidar feature actually do? Here it is in action – CNET

House-scanning app Canvas works with lidar on the iPhone 12 Pro, but also scans without it. The difference is accuracy.

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The Canvas app 3D scans homes using the iPhone 12 Pro’s lidar. Expect a lot more of this.
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The iPhone 12 Pro’sdepth-scanning lidar sensor looks ready to open up a lot of possibilities for 3D-scanning apps on phones. A new one designed for home scanning, called Canvas, uses lidar for added accuracy and detail. But the app will work with non-pro iPhones going back to the iPhone 8, too.
The approach taken by Canvas indicates how lidar could play out in iPhone 12 Pro apps. It can add more accuracy…

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