Over the past couple of months, we ve been hearing a lot of buzz about Apple s upcoming iPhone 7. One of the earlier rumors suggested that the iPhone 7 could sport dual-camera setup to offer DSLR-like photo quality. Now, a latest patent filing spotted by Patently Apple confirms that Apple is indeed exploring such a setup. It also sheds light on how the dual-camera setup would work. Also Read - Meet Indian developer who wins Apple Design award for his music app NaadSadhanaAlso Read - iPad Mini for 2021 to ditch fat bezels, could bring along new Apple Pencil Mini
According to the patent, there would be two cameras placed side-by-side, the first one with a larger field of view and the other one with smaller field of view. While one of the lens would let you capture the photo, the second lens with larger focal length will allow you to zoom in on the object or person you want to snap the picture of, all this without losing clarity. Also Read - iOS 4 is now available again on modern iPhones, complete with Home button: How to get it
As both cameras have different focal points, they could also allow you to reproduce 3D imagery. The setup could also be used to record video and capture better photos, simultaneously. It could also allow picture-in-picture capture with longer focal length lens for instance, you can capture your kid playing cricket, while still capturing the wider view. Another possibility could be that one camera would capture a normal quality video, whereas the other could capture slow-motion or timelapse video.
If the above camera capabilities sound crazy, it is important to note that last year Apple had acquired Israel-based LinX that makes dual-camera hardware. The company claims, that its miniature cameras are leading the way to DSLR performance in slim handsets. Features of its cameras include background focus blur, 3D picture capture and parallax images.
Apple s patent also notes that besides iPad and iPhone, Apple is also considering the dual-camera setup for gaming controllers, standalone camera and computers such as the MacBook or iMac. However, the patent filing doesn t provide any concrete evidence that Apple would integrate two cameras in its next iPhone. The company just bumped the camera resolution from 8-megapixels to 12-megapixels on the iPhone 6s, so chances are less that the iPhone 7 could come with this technology.
Besides the new camera patent, Apple also recently acquired a facial recognition company called Emotient. The service uses facial expressions to gauge your sentimental feelings and emotional response to things that you see on-screen.
Emotient was also recently tested on Google Glass to know how people around you are feeling. Its front-facing camera captures faces while the information is displayed on the small screen. It lets you know if people are annoyed, mad or happy. While it s unclear as to why Apple acquired Emotient, the service may come handy in beta testing apps or in Apple s in-house advertising system, iAd.