Apple patents triple-lens, triple-sensor camera system

Apple patents triple-lens, triple-sensor camera system
Regardless of our feelings towards the USPTO, we like the idea of this patent. Smartphones have essentially replaced point-and-shoot cameras in the marketplace as far as usage, but they haven't yet been able to fully match point-and-shoots as far as image quality. Now that manufacturers are finally moving past the inane megapixel race, we are starting to see some huge strides in that regards, and to that point Apple has patented a new camera system.

The patent is titled "Image capture using luminance and chrominance sensors" and it basically lays out plans to use three different sensors and three different lenses in order to vastly improve image capture quality and color reproduction in a mobile device. Each sensor has its own "lens train" to direct light towards it, then the image captured by each of the one luminance sensor and two chrominance sensors would be merged together to create the final image. 

The layout that Apple has described should result in better image quality and also solves the problem of a "blind spot" that has come of other similar systems. This is accomplished by offsetting the two chrominance sensors so that the blind spots of each don't overlap. 

We'd love to see the system in action, but as with many patents, there is no guarantee we will ever see it in a real device, let alone the devices Apple is set to announce in just over one month. 


source: USPTO via AppleInsider

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31 Comments

1. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

REVOLUTIONARY! THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING!

8. karim77

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Again :p

12. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Yawn. Don't you guys get tired of that joke? Oh wait, you're the first comment and looking for thumbs up...never mind.

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Exactly my point. People on this site are way too thirsty for thumbs ups but in reality it serves absolutely no purpose. And the Revolutionary! stuff isn't even considered a joke anymore is how overused it is.

2. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

REVOLUTIONARY! THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING!

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Log off the site and don't come back until you're ready to talk about technology. The most annoying joke on this site.

3. aelliott

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 01, 2010

"Smartphones have essentially replaced point-and-shoot cameras in the marketplace as far as usage, but they haven't yet been able to fully match point-and-shoots as far as image quality." Wrong! NOKIA's 808 Pureview and Lumia 1020 both match at least mid-range point-and-shoot cameras.

6. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Are you kidding? Look at the Lumia 1020. Can you honestly call that bulky abomination a smartphone?

9. ksprelude01

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Have you even picked up or used the 1020?.....I've messed with it on and off for a week. It might have some wieght to it but it feels great in the hand. And for the tech that camera brings to that phone the little bit that it sticks out of the back of the phone is more than with it to be able to take the quality of photos it does take.

25. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

You jelly?

4. Sauce unregistered

I like this concept a lot and am also excited for the interesting future of all smartphone camera technology.

5. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Shame on me for not reading the article yet, but after seeing the title I'm waiting for someone to say Ultra Pixel ripoff...

7. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If this is new and not another Apple innovation that's just a rehash on something already done, then this is patent worthy.

10. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 2012

This statement sums it up "no guarantee we will ever see it in a real device" Apple strategy if we can't build it we'll patent it so on other company can either !

27. Just.Me

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 24, 2013

Good point. Considering apple does not build its own hardware

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Are you serious? another bogus patent

17. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You obviously didn't read the article.

18. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Many default to the comment section in here...

13. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

How do u patent something you will never use? It's not like they going to stop another company from doing the same. They can just one up them and use quad lens and sensors. Stupid patent trolls.

14. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple are very careful to word their patent applications so as to cover any possible permutation. I'm sure any multiple lens/sensor is covered.

19. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

they also patent then sue someone who thinks anyone would copy this patent

20. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

If you can't make a working version, there should be no patent awarded.

21. ddeath

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

Is this even a working patent or just some concept conjured up in a meeting room again? If anyone can patent an idea without even making it work physically, and someone else made a similar prototype that works, the patent should be awarded to the person who made the working prototype. With so many talented people out there, there will be people with similar concept of ideas in the same field.

22. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

If Apple did make it, you won't know until it is announced. Go look at everything they filed a patent for in 2006, then voila, iPhone. It's not so common for companies to show off new hardware before the actual patent filing.

23. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Wow, apple reinvented the 3 color CCD. MINDBLOWN.

24. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

Shenanigans!!! This is BS, Apple is normally known for patents like rounded corner iphones, light weight laptops w/ a big battery, detailed icons w/round edges, ya know stupid stuff!! All of a sudden they patent camera lenses now... I know that Apple doesnt put that much R&D into hardware or the iphone would look better by now (looks like a gumby with no arms or legs)... eh, ok but camera lenses, if they had a point and shoot on the market I would understand but I don't remember seeing any Mac or Apple camera last time I went to best buy!! Seems to me that Apple wants to patent any and all hypothetical ideas that pertains to a handset device even if unexecuted to their own product. I agree with most other comments here that a bunch of these unrealistic Apple patents are just basically for future law suits and nothing else! They need to produce a working model not an idea! USPTO needs to be recommissioned and do away with "ideas" or give a short deadline to produce a working model and if one cannot be transpired then it is thrown out and to whom it may concern is penalized for false implementation.... yeh that would settle alot of this BS! 

26. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Triple-lens, triple-sensor camera system are good but why patents?

29. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

In case if Samsung copied.

30. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Still Samsung will copy, they know how to copy it better...

28. Just.Me

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 24, 2013

I'm going to patent the concept of a flying object going to mars and back ( i'll never use it as i don't make rockets or anything ) But when nassa makes something that can go to mars and back, they must PAY PAY PAY

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