Let the rumor games begin: next iPhone to sport more than one LED flash, and with blue tint to boot

Let the rumor games begin: next iPhone to sport more than one LED flash, and with blue tint to boot
Remember that nutty patent for multiple LED flash "dots" arranged in a pattern that Apple filed for two years ago? Well, it seems that the time might have come for Cupertino to use some of that innovation in an iPhone already, as a one-source rumor claims.

The next iPhone is supposedly going to feature more than one LED flash "dot", and there will be different coloring, too, with a flash displaying a slight blue tint, which is there to help with getting the perfect white balance measurements. 

The premise of the patent was also to get light with different intensity and different angles adjusted to the various scenes that appear in front of your lens, so that might be a piece of the puzzle, too.

How is this supposed to work we'll leave to the camera processing algorithm gurus to explain, and until we get a second or third confirmation from somewhere else, consider this just the opening season for the iPhone 5S, or whatever it gets named, rumor hunting. See the Apple multiple LED flash array patent in the scheme below.

source: GSMArena


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58 Comments

1. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

WOWOWOWW what amazing innovation..... piece of crap

8. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

We'll see many ecstatic iFans, some will have seizure of excitement.

18. wendygarett unregistered

Many? I just see one mareep here only... you need more mareep? Lol

50. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

LOL@you, Wendy Garett. On a side note, wow...it looks like it was drawn on...a NAPKIN!

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Call me evil but PA, i can't help but think why wouldn't people bring up the biased issue up when even the rumor for the next iPhone has such a grand opening. "Let the rumors begin..." that's really grand compared to things like "Samsung Galaxy SIV to have unbreakable glass..."

15. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Ur being a baby dude.

19. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Mama!!!

21. wendygarett unregistered

Dada!!!!

31. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Lol good one

13. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

I really think that this is indeed an innovation. Using the differential signals to calculate the correct white balance is commendable. You shouldn't bash everything because it's Apple, dude.

16. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I agree...there's something worth taking into consideration. If i'm not wrong, the calculations has to be precise to get the timing right for a great photo. And taking note that iPhones have good photo taking capability, this should be a great plus.

52. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Not worth $199.99 on contract. They best come with the kitchen sink next round, because this alone is meaningless for most people. I see people daily (daily) using upgrades to snatch Galaxy S3's and Lumias. More so the former than the latter, all while tossing their old 4 and 4S units in a nearby recycle box. Dude.

37. Cynipap999

Posts: 138; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Most certainly is not. A blue tint on the next iPhone plus the purple tint on the current iPhone is going to be revolutionary because given the rainbow spectrum the possibilities are going to be infinite. It breaks down this way: Blue + Purple = Indigo Then, if they add a touch of pink on the following iteration they will have: Blue + Purple + Pink = Violet Add some yellow or cadmium and you got something never seen before and that's why it will be revolutionary. Oh, I can't wait..... and, by then, the screen size should be up to 4.201". Yayyyyyy Apple -- take my money too!!

44. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

so apple is catching up with 2009/2010-era phones with adding another LED. It's revoflashionary! This is likely a Sony innovation apple is wanting on its next device. Personally, I'd rather have Xenon (just looking at flash-lit samples from the Nokia 808PV and N8 make me flash-envious, although LED is faster for now)

49. monkeytown

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

you will count it as innovation, as soon as samsung copied it

53. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Ha ha...good one. (sarcasm)

2. wendygarett unregistered

You wanna rumor Apple? Just take my money!!! :D

10. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

lol as expected

42. ncv144

Posts: 126; Member since: May 04, 2012

classic wendy

3. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Ifans will be salvating and this achievement, the iPhone 5S will throughly be innovative. Sure no phones have ever had two led flashes before,never

5. Shubham412302

Posts: 581; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

well nokia phones do have like c7 n9 etc

26. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And almost every HTC phone for the last 3 years.

34. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Fellow dudes, those dual LEDs and this one's different... That's just normal flash, this one as some work behind it. The capability to adapt to the scene in the frame. "The premise of the patent was also to get light with different intensity and different angles adjusted to the various scenes that appear in front of your lens..."

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Apple is all about innovation, not imitation.

24. LOTR12

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

I hope that was sarcasm. REALLY, really bad sarcasm.

33. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

He doesn't joke when it comes to Apple! And yes, that is NOT a sarcasm! :D

29. Shubham412302

Posts: 581; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

ok then tell what apple has invented in phones what different tech has apple in mobile market

54. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

You'll be waiting for a long, long time for an answer to that one. If you forget that Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Ericcson, LG, Sony, RIM, and HTC ever existed, coupled with the plane of technology stolen from a parallel universe similar to the one seen on the television show "Fringe" where Apple IS actually the innovator, you would find that Apple was the first to market with EVERYTHING. Just saying.

4. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

Straight out of a sci-fi movie from YEARS ago... the difference? the use in the movie was for autonomous robots eyes/sensing! I guess since a dumb human is using it, and in just a camera it makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE when it comes to Patent Innovation!

6. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Yawn..!!

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