Apple patents a light-splitting, 3-sensor iPhone camera system

“An Apple patent published on Tuesday details a miniaturized iPhone camera system that employs a light-splitting cube to parse incoming rays into three color components, each of which are captured by separate sensors,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“Apple’s design uses light splitting techniques similar to those applied in current optics packages marketed by Canon, Panasonic, Philips and other big-name players in the camera space,” Campbell reports. “For its splitter assembly, Apple uses a cube arrangement constructed using four identical polyhedrons that meet at dichroic interfaces.”

“It is unclear if Apple intends to implement a light splitter into a future product, though the company is working hard to keep iPhone at the fore of ultra-mobile photography,” Campbell reports. “For example, the latest iPhone 6 Plus includes an OIS system that produces sharp images even in low-light situations.”

Read more, and see Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple currently makes the best smartphone camera in the world (iPhone 6 Plus) and, it looks like, they’re hell bent on keeping that crown for the foreseeable future.

With their patents and optical experts, it’s fun to imagine what Apple could come up with if they decided to make a standalone camera freed from the company’s pathological, and sometimes self-defeating, desire for thinness.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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  1. Good take, MDN. If they were to add a couple mm for more battery, I think we’d all be okay with that. Oh, and it improves the camera? Cool!

    Please do, Apple.

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