“As awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, Apple’s U.S. Patent Nos. 9,467,666 and 9,466,653 detail a multi-sensor camera assembly capable of achieving maximum image quality in a minimal amount of space,” Campbell reports. “The system splits incoming light into at least three (red, blue and green) wavelengths using a series of prisms, directs and captures the rays with independent light sensors and combines the resulting data into a “super resolution” image via specialized software.”
Campbell reports, “Apple’s IP refers to the beam splitter as either a Philips prism or smaller stacked cube variation, the latter described in detail in the ‘653 patent for a “Digital camera with light splitter,” itself an extension of a patent granted in 2015.”
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