A closer look at the laser chips Apple uses for its cameras

Wide angle, ultra wide angle and new Lidar sensor on the iPad Pro.

Todd Haselton | CNBC

Last year, Apple started including advanced 3D sensors that can accurately measure the distance to objects in its high-end iPhones and iPads, and now millions are around the world. The iPhone 12 Pro’s cameras use 3D sensors called lidar to focus faster and perform fun photo filters and effects.

Lumentum, a San Jose company with a market capitalization of around $ 7.3 billion, is one of the companies helping to make it happen. Lumentum shares have risen more than 20% in the past year, and up 40% before falling earlier this week following news of an acquisition.

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