TikTok released its first of a kind augmented reality filter that uses the iPhone 12 Pro’s LIDAR sensor for an enhanced confetti effect that realistically settles on people or objects in any surroundings.

LIDAR, an acronym for ‘light detection and ranging,’ is a term that measures the time it takes for light to reach an item and reflect back. It works similar to the principle of radar that utilizes radio waves for similar purposes.

Launched in October 2020, iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max come with a LIDAR sensor feature that speeds up the camera’s ability to focus quickly, specifically in low-light conditions. The sensor gives the new iPhones the capability to produce augmented reality (AR) videos where computer-generated effects can enhance real-world objects.

Even though the 2021 ball drop effect is a belated one, according to TikTok, it is just the start of working with augmented reality technique and promises to “develop more innovative effects in 2021.”

TikTok, one of the most popular video platforms in the world, is collaborating with Apple’s more pricey and premium smartphones is worth noting.

TikTok is not the only major company that wishes to work with Apple’s LIDAR tech. It is reported that back in October, Snapchat, which is considered one of the major companies dealing with augmented reality filters, has already added support for Apple’s LIDAR sensor. It facilitates creators to build their own enhanced AR filters for the app.