A new patent filing titled “Mirror Tilt Actuation” suggests that Apple is working on a highly advanced camera system
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are six months old now. So, consumer attention is shifting to the next-gen device, which may be called the iPhone 6S or iPhone 7. Know Your Mobile reports that both devices will be launched this year. The iPhone 6S may arrive with Apple Watch while the iPhone 7 is expected to be unveiled in September.
How the periscope camera works
As rumors about the iPhone 7 continue to intensify, a new patent filing suggests that Apple’s future devices may feature a revolutionary periscope camera. The U.S. Patent Application 20150042870 titled “Mirror Tilt Actuation” indicates that the Cupertino company is working on a specialized camera that includes radical technologies such as wobbling mirrors, and multiple zooming lens elements.
The patent application describes an image sensor for small, multifuntional devices like iPhones. It can compensate for a user’s hand movement to enhance the overall image quality. In its filing, Apple says that the Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) adjusts the camera’s field of view to compensate for hand movement. But that is not ideal. The company offers a new solution to include an image sensor and a zoom lens with movable elements that can be moved independent of one another, reports Neil Hughes of Apple Insider.
The filing describes an outer lens element that will focus incoming light onto a mirror. Then the mirror assembly would redirect the image rays at a right angle, sending the light to the remaining movable lens elements. To compensate for the hand movement and other jitters, the camera has an actuator for tilting the mirror based on the the movement of the iPhone.
iPhone 7 to come with DSLR quality camera
There have been rumors that the iPhone 7 will have a DSLR quality camera. John Gruber of Daring Fireball has learned from sources that Apple was working on a dual-lens camera system that would let users capture DSLR quality imagery. While rivals like Samsung and Sony use 16-21 megapixel cameras in their flagship phones, iPhones still come with 8MP resolution.