Apple has filed to patent a dual-camera technology to create enhanced zoom capabilities.
Apple's new patent application, entitled "Mobile Zoom Using Multiple Prime Cameras," stands to offer smartphone users the potential to have high-quality zoom capacity without a moving lens. These cameras would be placed next to each other, and capture the same image at a slightly different angle, producing a high-quality image with increased depth. According to the patent, the phone would store both images, offering a user the opportunity to choose just one, or the two compounded into a single photo. The camera would also support wide-angle video.
When this camera system will be implemented into Apple's devices is unknown. However, according to 9to5Mac, it is rumored that it could be spotted on the upcoming iPhone 7. The patent suggests that the technology may also find its way into other Apple devices as well, beyond just its smartphones. Other capabilities of the dual-camera system include features such as shooting high-resolution video with one camera while snapping pictures with the other simultaneously. This opens up more potential for iPhone cinematography, with possibilities like filming combinations of 4K and slow motion video on separate cameras, for example. Apple has been busy this past year developing lots more new tech; other patents from Apple in 2015 include those describing a shutter system to protect ports and speakers, a fuel cell battery system, and a VR headset.
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