Apple’s next iPhone camera trick seems to be “super-resolution” pics
Ever since the launch of the iPhone 4, Apple has done a really great job in providing us with one of the best smartphone cameras in the industry. We’ve seen the company innovate with software solutions like HDR, and even some hardware solutions that provide us with decent low-light photos, without optical image stabilization. We’ve heard some interesting rumors of what to expect for the iPhone 6 camera, but some new patents today are even more revealing.
Apple has just filed a new patent for a new “super-resolution” mode that should be available to you, just like HDR currently is on any iPhone. It works in a similar way to how the Oppo Find 7 can take 50 megapixel shots, but this patent actually requires an optical image stabilization mechanism for this to work. It would take various photos from different offset angles, and then feed them to the image processor. The result is a much bigger photo, which would obviously seem much sharper on a smaller display.
Obviously when we see rumors of an iPhone 6 being as thin as Apple plans it to be, it’s hard to see this patent being launched in this year’s model. Still, it would be great if Apple figured this out just as well as it has figured out HDR or Panorama photos.