Create LiDAR-Powered Lenses for the New iPhone 12 Pro

Today, we’re launching Lens Studio 3.2, which lets augmented reality creators and developers build LiDAR-powered Lenses for the new iPhone 12 Pro. 

The state-of-the-art LiDAR Scanner on iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max enables immersive AR experiences that overlay more seamlessly onto the real world. It lets Snapchat’s camera see a metric scale mesh of the scene, understanding the geometry and meaning of surfaces and objects. This new level of scene understanding allows Lenses to interact realistically with the surrounding world. Thanks to the power of A14 Bionic and ARKit, you can render thousands of AR objects in real time, letting you create immersive, magical environments for the whole Snapchat community to explore.

"The addition of the LiDAR Scanner to iPhone 12 Pro models enables a new level of creativity for augmented reality," said Eitan Pilipski, Snap's SVP of Camera Platform. "We're excited to collaborate with Apple to bring this sophisticated technology to our Lens Creator community."  

Through a new interactive preview mode in Lens Studio 3.2, you can create Lenses and preview them in the world, even before you have the new iPhone 12 Pro in your hand. You can also open Snapchat on Apple’s latest iPad Pro to bring your LiDAR-powered Lenses to life. 


Welcome to the next generation of what’s possible with AR -- where the digital world takes a step closer to seamlessly melding with the physical world. We can’t wait to see what you build with Lens Studio 3.2!   

Download the template to create LiDAR-Powered Lenses here.

Team Lens Studio