Your iPhone has a mysterious black circle – and it’s hiding a HUGE secret

Have you ever wondered what that little black circle next to your iPhone camera is?

The Pro versions of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 both have an adjacent row of lenses on the back.

Newer iPhones don't have a small black dot, as seen here


Newer iPhones don’t have a small black dot, as seen hereCredit: Alamy

A TikToker has claimed he’s there to help the company “test” new tech for their supposed augmented reality glasses.

The glasses project virtual objects in front of your field of vision and blend them into the real world you see.

This requires many sensors and cameras.

Accordingly TikToker Jack Gordon“something is wrong”.

“They (Apple) say it’s for better autofocus at night and helps you be more accurate in the measurement app, but Apple got rid of the home button, headphone jack and USB ports because they all were not essential,” he said.

“How’s that important enough to turn on everyone’s phone?

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“Glasses would have live IR (infrared) scanners and to improve the accuracy of those scanners they’re putting the current scanners on these phones to test before they’re ready for release.”

The claim is a little far-fetched, however, as Apple has been pretty open about what the small dot is.

It’s actually called LiDAR scanner, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging.

Although it actually uses infrared, there’s no indication that it’s supposed to help Apple build its new wearable.

It’s actually designed to measure distance to surrounding objects and create depth map features like portrait mode to get the best results.

The scanner also helps speed up autofocus.

TikToker claims the dot is a sensor being tested for Apple Glass


TikToker claims the dot is a sensor being tested for Apple GlassPhoto credit: @jackgordonyt

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