Apple has recently filed a patent for an advanced camera technology that could revolutionize smartphone photography. The patent, US20230229062A1, includes a camera with specially designed optics and lenses that can move to help focus and keep the image stable.
The camera includes motors, carriers and sensors that help it adjust its position to capture the perfect shot. This technology is especially beneficial for users of mobile multipurpose devices such as smartphones and tablet or pad devices, where there is a need for high-resolution, small form factor cameras.
The patent application builds on previous patents, such as U.S. Pat. Application Serial No. 17/665,295, filed Feb. 4, 2022 – which was a continuation from U.S. Pat. Application Serial No. 17/023,972, filed Sep. 17, 2020, 11,243,455. It also claims benefit of priority to U.S. Provisional Application No. 62/906,034, filed Sep. 25, 2019.
Apple’s new patent is in the technical field of architecture for a camera with folded optics and lens shifting capabilities. This kind of camera can sense and react to external excitation or disturbance by adjusting the optical lens on the X and/or Y axis. This technology can help to reduce the blur of an image that can come from camera shake or other movement.
The camera is also equipped with an autofocus (AF) mechanism that can adjust the object focal distance to focus an object plane in front of the camera. This can help to make sure that the subject of the image is in perfect focus. This means that you can take a perfect picture every time, without the need for manual adjustment.
This technology could open up a world of possibilities for photographers and videographers. It could enable them to take high-quality shots in difficult conditions, such as low light or with a moving subject. It could also help to create stunning videos, with smooth, steady shots.
In addition, Apple’s advanced camera technology could also make it easier for everyday smartphone users to take great photos. It could help to reduce the need for manual settings, and enable users to take perfect pictures with the tap of a button.
Although Apple’s new patent is an exciting development, it is important to note that this is only a patent, and there is no guarantee that it will come to the market. However, the possibility of a camera with such advanced capabilities could revolutionize the way that we take photos and videos with our smartphones.
It will be interesting to see if Apple’s patent is put into practice, and what impact it could have on the way we capture and share our memories. Until then, it’s worth keeping an eye on the US20230229062A1 patent, and the ways that Apple might be able to revolutionize smartphone photography.