What are the differences between Canvas for iPhone and Canvas for iPad?

The Short Answer

Canvas is available for LiDAR iPad Pros and iPhones, however, Canvas for iPhone is much newer and does not include some of the features available with the iPad, but the overall functionality is similar.

Files processed with Scan To CAD will have the same expected accuracy across all LiDAR-equipped devices (you can read more about accuracy here). If you are intending to use Canvas for everyday professional use (in particular scanning whole homes), you may find Canvas for iPad to be more feature-rich and convenient. Canvas for iPhone will, however, still allow you to do scan rooms, measure, and place Scan To CAD orders.

Additionally, it is possible to use non-LiDAR iPhones with Canvas, but with reduced accuracy (more information about using non-LiDAR iPhones here).

App Names and Download Links

The Long Answer

Many of the differences between iPhone and iPad are in the UI, but there are some other bigger differences we want to call out to help you use either version. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to support@canvas.io.

Ability to scan without LiDAR

Canvas for iPhone allows you to scan without a LiDAR sensor, whereas Canvas for iPad does not. Scanning without a LiDAR sensor can lead to reduced accuracy which you can read more about here: Can I use Canvas without LiDAR?

Mesh detail and texture quality

Canvas for LiDAR iPhones uses our very latest technology for meshing and texturing your scan, harnessing the access to the LiDAR sensor’s raw depth data provided in iOS 14. Below are examples of an iPad and iPhone scan in our 3D Web Viewer.

iPhone with LiDAR

iPad with LiDAR

Non-LiDAR Scan

Canvas for iPhone without LiDAR will generally result in a worse quality mesh, as scale has to be perceived from camera images vs. actual depth data from the 3D sensor.

On-device vs. cloud reprocessing

Except for LiDAR iPhone 360 scans, reprocessing requires uploading your scan. However, uploading your scan offers other benefits which you can read about here.

You can also learn more about reprocessing here: What is cloud reprocessing and what do I get from it?

Multiple homes

In Canvas for iPad, you can easily manage different clients by putting all your scans in different homes. In Canvas for iPhone, all scans are in the same home, as the concept of homes has not yet been introduced into the iPhone app.  

Photos & Notes

In Canvas for iPad, you add additional photos, and text notes to your home as an extra set of documentation tools. This feature is not available in Canvas for iPhone at this time.

Order History and Account Management

In Canvas for iPad, we provide several tools for managing your Canvas account and orders, including an order history, the ability to add saved payment information, change units, and more. 

You may log in with your Canvas account on Canvas for iPhone, but these features are not available on the iPhone app. However, you can accomplish most account-related tasks in the Canvas Account Portal, and these changes will sync back to the Canvas app.

You can learn more about the Canvas Account portal here: What can I do with my Canvas Account Portal?

Remote capture flow

In Canvas for iPhone, we have a beta workflow for enabling clients to be able to work with you remotely. In short, you send them a special access code that they use with the Canvas app, and the resulting scan data will be associated with your account (and billing). 

This workflow is not available in the Canvas iPad app, and requires special set-up to be activated. If you are interested in having your clients scan their space for you, please email support@canvas.io