“On January 24, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a possible next chapter for Apple’s iDevice cameras,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“In 2011 we posted a controversial patent report titled ‘Apple working on a Sophisticated Infrared System for iOS Cameras.’ The report covered how future iDevices could be used as an auto tour guide in a museum and how infrared technology would be able to shut off a future iDevice camera at live events,” Purcher reports. “Today’s patent is in that same vein as it focuses on how future iDevice cameras will be able to identify objects such as a painting at a museum or a car at an auto show and provide users with detailed information about these items that could be saved for future reference in multimedia album for later review.”

Purcher writes, “Both of Apple’s patent applications covering this subject matter would indicate that this is serious camera-related project at Apple.”

More info, and Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.