Apple Insider has discovered a new patent filed by the San Francisco crew with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week. It pertains to technology used for taking 3D pictures.
The patent is titled "Systems and Methods for an Imaging System Using Multiple Image Sensors", and in it Apple describes its proposed method as a "paradigm shift from the known software-based approaches."
Current software technology must “guess” how to perform stereo disparity compensation when creating 3D images, leading to image artifacts. Instead, Apple would favour a hardware-based approach, with a "deterministic calculation for stereo disparity compensation."
The technology would also allow the iDevice to record 3D video.
We’re still not convinced about 3D here on Mobot, but it’s already been embraced by LG and HTC, and inevitably other manufacturers will follow.
We don’t expect to see 3D from Apple any time soon, certainly not on the iPhone 5. Possibly the iPhone 6 or 7. Maybe.