Apple Hardware iPhones, apple, iphones, Patents, smartphones — May 9, 2014 12:32 — 0 Comments
Apple updates: two new handsets with larger screen and better resolution
Latest reports suggest new iPhone 6 model is imminent, as Apple files patent for ‘optical image stabilisation’
Apple is widely expected to debut two new top-end iPhones with larger screens this year to appeal to a wider swath of consumers.
Latest news from the Far East suggest that Apple is set to release a 4.7-inch screen version of its flagship handset in August, a month earlier than anticipated, before a larger 5.5-inch or 5.6-inch model debuts in September.
Rumours of a 5.6-inch iPhone are not new though speculation from ‘insiders’ points to a 5.5-inch screen size.
These current rumours come on the back of a near daily stream of supposed parts leaks, mockups and inside information regarding Apple’s next iPhone.
Earlier in the week it was reported that Pegatron will be responsible for 15% of all 4.7-inch iPhone 6 orders, a change from Apple’s usual supplier Foxconn to build its premium tier handsets.
In a separate development, future iPhones (beyond the 6) may use optical image stabilization to create ’super-resolution’ images.
According to a patent application published by the US Patent and Trademark Office on 9 May covering “Super-resolution based on optical image stabilization,” Apple is testing out alternative and unique uses for existing OIS tech, a much different path than rival smartphone makers, website Appleinsider reports.
In very basic terms, says the report, 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.
“Traditional OIS systems use inertial or positioning sensors to detect camera movement like shaking from an unsteady hand. Actuators attached to a camera’s imaging module (CCD, CMOS or equivalent sensor), or in some cases lens elements, then shift the component in an equal and opposite vector to compensate for the unwanted motion.
Physical modes of stabilization usually produce higher quality images compared to software-based solutions. Whereas digital stabilization techniques compensate for shake by pulling from pixels outside of an image’s border or running a photo through complex matching algorithms, OIS physically moves camera components.”
Apple’s filing takes the traditional OIS system and combines it with advanced image processing techniques to create what it calls “super-resolution” imaging, says Appleinsider.