Apple’s Patent Application For 3D Camera For iPhone, iPad Discovered

Recently we have been hearing about Apple working on an existing patent application of a 3D camera for iOS devices, that was discovered by the Patently Apple. Reports say, that Apple is planning to take things to a different level by implementing the said Apple 3D Camera on the iPhone, iPad would definitely maximize the retina displays of new and upcming iOS devices.

What Patently Apple reports:

The new cameras in development will utilize new depth-detection sensors such as LIDAR, RADAR and Laser that will create stereo disparity maps in creating 3D imagery. Additionally, the cameras will use advanced chrominance and luminance Sensors for superior color accuracy. And if that wasn’t enough, the new cameras will not only include facial recognition but also facial gesturing recognition. Intel discussed the coming 3D revolution back in 2010 and it appears that Apple wants to be one of the first to introduce this killer 3D camera.

While with the iPhone 4 Apple has successfully stepped in the world on point n shoot camera, which became the world’s famous camera yet. Apple experiments in almost every area of technology, iPhone 4S’s 5 element lens technology gives us a hint about how serious Apple is about their camera sensors. Now this report from patently Apple indicates the company has developed a “killer” 3D imaging device.

So, this 3D image capturing device will carry more colors and will still maintain currently available features like face recognition and “facial gestures recognition”. 3D cameras usually compromise on the image quality to but this ground breaking camera sensor will maintain Apple’s standards. The 3D capture which will be optimized for both photos and videos is reported to utilize depth-detection mechanisms like LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), RADAR, laser detection and ranging, and infrared reflection. Unlike present cameras with limited 3D image capture capabilities, Apple can capture three-dimensional photos and videos using more than one cameras with microlenses that focus on polarized light to create more depth in 3D images.

Sounds great, it could be one of the killer feature of the next generation iPhones and iPads. Apple’s 3D camera sees its uses not only in its own devices, but also in various electronic devices like digital cameras, personal computers, mobile phones, and tablets, among others, as long as it has the capacity to process image data. Apple had filed the patent in Q3 2011. It remains to be seen if Apple will bring 3D cameras to iPhone and iPads in the near future.

What do you think about this 3D camera? Do you think Apple will introduce it upcoming iPhone 5 (aka next iPhone, or iPhone 4GS)? Simply wait an see is my policy.