Apple patents hint at iPhone camera developments
Did you know there’s a blog that’s all about Apple patents? No?! Well, I didn’t either, until a friend tweeted a link to a story based on a report from Patently Apple, a blog with this motto: “Celebrating Apple’s Spirit of Innovation. They imagine. They explore. They inspire and event.”
Anyhow, a Patently Apple report includes details on a number of iPhone-related camera patents from Apple. The number of patents, according to the report, signals the importance Apple places in the iPhone camera. The report suggests one potential new iPhone camera feature would attempt to do for blurry photos what HDR does for sharpness:
In a patent application published earlier this week, we find Apple working on a similar type of feature, except this time around, it’s about how the iPhone’s camera will deal with blurry photo shots. Other patents disclosed in our report today cover how the iPhone deals with vignetting effects and how it uses a “skin-tone-mask” to avoid over exposed photos. In total, there were ten camera related patents published this week alone which marks the importance that Apple is placing on cameras within the context of the greater iOS device revolution.