The iPhone 7 is on the horizon and the usual rumors are swirling about size, new processors and new materials. There are also some more intriguing predictions, like the one that the iPhone 7 won't have a headphone jack.
Now we can add another one to the list, and it surrounds the iPhone's camera. For years, the iPhone camera system has been considered the standard for smartphone cameras. We know plenty of people who stick with the iPhone just for the camera. So, how can Apple take it to the next level?
According to one Apple patent, and the past purchase of a company specialized in this area, the iPhone 7 might make the switch to a dual-lens rear-facing camera. One lens would be similar to the wide angle of the current camera while the other lens would be used for zoomed in shots.
Due to space constraints, most smartphone cameras rely heavily on digital zoom, which reduce image quality. Having two lenses allows for optical zooming, but without moving parts and without taking up space.
The two lenses would also let you do two things at once. For example, you could be using one lens to record video and the other one to take pictures. It could also improve performance in low-light situations.
Similar to other smartphones that have included dual-lens systems, Apple might also use the parallax of the two lenses to get depth and focus information for better photos or other tricks like measuring objects. And if Apple doesn't, some camera app designer will.
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