What you need to know
- Apple patent reveals potential tech behind refractive lenses.
- Revolves around prism to angle light 90 degrees into a camera sensor.
- Could allow sensor to be placed further from lens, reducing form factor of camera housing and the iPheon as a whole.
Two Apple patents published today have revealed how Apple could use refractive lenses to improve picture quality in its cameras whilst potentially reducing the size of the camera bump on the back of Phone, and perhaps the thickness of the device overall.
The description for the patents states:
The patent reveals a configuration of either five or three refractive lenses that are positioned 90 degrees away from the camera sensor and the back of the smartphone, as per the image below.
As such, the part of the camera we all see would remain in the same position, however the actual sensor could be position further away, potentially reducing the depth of the camera system so as to reduce its overall thickness. As you'll note from the diagram, a prism would bounce the light 90 degrees and into the photosensor.
As AppleInsider notes:
Of course, it's important to note as always that a patent does not equate to confirmation that we will one day see this technology. It is however interesting to note how Apple could try to improve its iPhone camera, particularly if that improvement could also reduce the overall form factor of the phone and get rid of the camera bump!
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