“An Apple patent filing discovered on Thursday describes a system in which a primary iOS device, such as an iPhone, remotely controls multiple secondary devices, which can also be iPhones, as slave flashes for the first handset’s on-board camera,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.
“Filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as an ‘Illumination system,'” Apple’s invention proposes that a number of devices, like iPhones, iPads, iPods or other mobile products, can act as remotely-controlled strobe lights for a primary camera,” Campbell reports. “The idea of connecting multiple iOS devices belonging to different people, the patent application can be considered a “social camera flash” system, perhaps useful in impromptu photo shoots that require more than one source of lighting.”
Campbell reports, “The patent application notes the primary device can be either a dedicated camera or a handset with image capture capabilities, while the slave units can be the same product or any other suitable device with lighting components.”
Much more, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]