Apple iPhone Models to Come with 3D Capabilities? Patent Filing Points to Such a Possibility

April 1, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Is Apple too taking the 3D route? A recent patent filing makes us drive our thinking machines the extra mile, and we guess Apple might go on to create hardware with multiple imaging systems that would bring forth three dimensional images.

Folks at Apple Insider have managed to spot the US Patent and Trademark Office’s revelation of a patent application from Apple related to 3D.

The company has mentioned “Systems and Methods for an Imaging System Using Multiple Image Sensors” in the filing.

We believe this could indeed relate to a system that would capture, process and render 3D images with the accompanying dual-camera hardware.

May be, that could mean that Apple is seriously mulling over adding a couple of rear-facing cameras and sensors to their future iPhone models, so that users can click pictures and display them in 3D.

We get to know that the plan might be to bring in separate luma, chroma and depth/distance sensors to capture images that can be displayed as a three-dimensional subject.

Delving a bit further into the whole aspect, we need to think that the company could also think in terms of 3D video. This could mean that, apart from the still images, Apple’s hardware might also be able to record video in 3D. Setup and calibration of such a system would be a simple one-time event, the application claims.

This piece of info gives us something to hope for in the iPhone models we could buy in the future. What do you feel?

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