Apple’s patent for a Lytro-like camera that can fit into an iPhone has finally been accepted by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Spotted by Apple Insider, the patent refers to a camera which can take two kinds of photos— the traditional high resolution photo and a low-resolution photo that can be refocused after capture. Also Read - Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza sale top deals: iPhone SE, Poco X3 Pro and more on discount
The patent filed takes inspiration from the Lytro founder Ren Ng’s own patent and seemingly improves on it. According to the filing, Apple will use an adaptor with a “microlens array” (marked 650 in the diagram above) to capture the refocusable image. When one wants to click a traditional high resolution photo, the microlens array will slide away. It is not yet clear though how Apple will be able to fit such a mechanism into the small package of the iPhone. Also Read - Beware! This new iOS bug breaks WiFi on iPhones: Here's a quick fix for it
Nokia already offers a similar technology on its Lumia smartphones, but unlike Apple’s design, Nokia depends upon complex algorithms to create the desired effect. Nokia’s Refocus Lens app was first introduced on the Lumia 1520 and has now been released on the rest of the Lumia PureView smartphones.