May 8, 2014
On Thursday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a new Apple patent application, entitled “Super-resolution based on optical image stabilization.” The new invention uses optical image stabilization to capture multiple samples, which are then stitched together to form a high-density photo. As first noted by AppleInsider:
In very basic terms, the invention uses an optical image stabilization (OIS) system to take a batch of photos in rapid succession, each at a slightly offset angle. The resulting samples are fed into an image processing engine that creates a patchwork super-resolution image.In April, ESM China analyst Sun Chang Xu said Apple would use electronic, not optical image stabilization on future iPhones. Previous iPhone 6 rumors have suggested that Apple is looking to integrate optical image stabilization on the iPhone 6. Recent renderings show that were this to happen, the device would ship with a protruding camera. Today’s patent was first filed in 2012 and credits Richard L. Baer and Damien J. Thivent as its inventors. Apple’s next iPhone is likely to feature a 4.7-inch sapphire crystal display. The new handset will feature a pill shaped power button on the right side of the device, as opposed to the top, and a battery that Apple will claim is better than anything that came before it. It will also come with an “A8” processor and “M8” motion coprocessor, and a better camera. See also: TSMC Provides The First Touch ID Sensors For iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 And iPad mini 3, There Is No Way This Apple 'iPhone 6' Rumor Is Correct, and Will A New Apple Invention Finally End Pocket Dialing With iOS Devices?