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Apple Gets Major Camera Patent, That Could Bring Forth True Zoom Lenses for iDevices

Apple got a new camera patent these days, that in the future could bring true zoom lenses on iDevices. Such a system would involve moveable lenses, as well as a new type of light splitter integrated into Apple’s iSight camera.

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The light splitter was invented back in 2011 and the patent was granted to Apple only recently. Basically, we should expect a future zoom lens for iDevices and more products. The key here is a light splitter cube, that splits incident light from a camera scene into three color components. There are also 3 image sensors in the mix, each of them positioned to receive one of the color components.

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The advantages of the novelty include optical image stabilization, in a new method compared to the one present on the iPhone 6 Plus. That device uses the A8 chip, gyroscope and M8 motion coprocessor to measure motion data and compensate it. Well, now the folding mirror may be tilted and tipped by a powered actuator to generate stabilization.

As far as the zoom lens goes, it can be used to maintain focus when its magnification or focal length is changed.

via patentlyapple