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iPhone 12 Pro can help blind people know their surroundings

Only iPhone 12 Pro, Pro Max and iPad Pro users are supported with this feature, because iPhone 12 is not hardware responsive.

The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max duo will have a feature that is very useful for those who are visually impaired or have low vision. The technology takes advantage of the LiDAR sensor, with the ability to measure distances and construct a “map”.

With People Detection on the two new iPhone models, users will be alerted if someone / object approaches them. This feature can detect people up to 5 meters away. If more than one person is approaching, iPhone will report the distance of the closest person.

LiDAR sensor (gray dot below the right camera) helps iPhone 12 Pro, Pro Max determine the distance with people and objects around better.

People Detection will appear on iOS 14.2 updated version. The beta version of iOS 14.2 was released by Apple on October 30, fixing the constant update error for beta users.

According to research by the World Health Organization, there are about 2.2 billion people who are blind or blind globally. Apple has been focusing on features for people with disabilities for a long time. CEO Tim Cook once shared “technology should be for everyone” when he introduced a website dedicated to disabled users in 2016.

LiDAR sensor only appears on two models iPhone 12 Pro, Pro Max and iPad Pro 2020 generation. It uses laser scanning technology to detect the distance to surrounding objects, thereby alerting users if there are people and objects too close.

iPhone 12, 12 Mini or iPad Air do not have this sensor, so People Detection cannot be used. LiDAR allows for faster, more precise measurement and determination of distances.

This feature can read aloud the distance to the nearest person, play a sound or vibrate to warn the user when approaching others. People Detection was developed to be able to turn on and off conveniently, not turn it on full time, because this feature consumes battery power.

In addition to determining the distance, LiDAR also helps the iPhone 12 Pro duo make better use of augmented reality (AR) apps, taking portrait photos to remove fonts better.

iOS 14.2 also has many other notable improvements such as adding a series of new emojis, or recognizing songs in Control Center through the Shazam service.

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