Apple‘s upcoming foldable iPhone could have better panorama cameras compared to the company’s current iPhone 12 flagships. The tech giant manufacturer explained its plan in a newly filed patent.
Apple’s new patent suggests one of the novel ways they plan to make their folding phone special is to use the variable geometry of the handset to take better pictures. It suggested that the foldable iPhone should have a camera on each half of the folding segments.
The giant smartphone manufacturer explained that this feature will allow its foldable iPhone to change the cameras’ angles when the user folds the smartphone. This means that if the iPhone can be bent 180 on each side, the smartphone can capture a 360 degrees image!
How Foldable iPhone’s panorama cameras work
When the foldable iPhone is bent inwards and the camera was on the outside of the handset, the lenses will converge on the same object from two different sides, allowing Apple to take 3D images. On the other hand, Apple is expected to make its foldable device using flexible fabric.
The company also envisions a series of cameras along the whole length. If this camera setup is achieved perfectly, the foldable iPhone could easily take photos from slightly different angles, which would allow the users to perform all kinds of computational photography tricks.
Apple’s structure for its foldable smartphone
Apple explained that housing walls, internal housing support structures, and/or portions of the housing may be formed from flexible fabric. The tech giant company explained that it could use flexible polymer or flexible sheets of metal to create its device’s flexible housing walls and other flexible housing portions.
This means that Apple could create its device’s external part using any suitable structures that accommodate bending and may include metal, polymer, or glass crystalline material such as ceramic, sapphire, fabric, fibers, or fiber composite.
The company could also use natural materials such as cotton and wood, as long as it can accommodate its device’s flexible feature.
On the other hand, Apple posted another IP report called “Apple Invents Object Tracking and Recognition of Objects, Including In-Air hand Gestures, for Future HMD & Glasses.” In this report, Apple illustrated a future HMD with dual cameras that fall in line with the company’s foldable device.
Rumors said that Apple’s HMD would likely be made with fabric, which is completely connected with the tech giant manufacturer’s foldable device’s patent. A few of the specialty sensors that could be used to capture superior panoramic photos include depth sensors, optical sensors such as self-mixing sensors, and light detection and ranging sensors or lidar technology.
These sensors can gather three-dimensional structured light sensors that emit an array of infrared light beams, three-dimensional images using binocular vision, other structured light using arrays of lasers or other light emitters. All this information clearly shows that Apple could also dominate the foldable device industry.