A forward facing camera in future iPhones could become a reality.
The possibility of a front-facing camera, which is one of the most requested features is based on a recent patent application that Apple filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Organization (USPTO).
In the patent application titled "Apparatus and Method for Compensating for Variations in Digital Cameras", Apple writes that the present method of manufacturing camera modules for devices like the iPhone can sometimes result in minor variations in the camera's physical and operational attributes like the lens thickness or wavelength cutoff. In order to overcome this issue, Apple has described a method to measure the "light intensity response" of the camera to colored light thereby determining a "color intensity bias". Apple says that this bias can be factored in while the camera operates under normal circumstances in order to overcome the potential variations.
The image accompanying the patent description reveals the possibility of a front facing camera in future iPhone models. Detailing the different components on the iPhone image(embedded below), the patent explicitly refers to "a camera 16 having a lens 18".
Rumors surrounding the possibility of a front facing camera itself is not new. Our long time readers would recall similar rumors doing the rounds even before the launch of iPhone 3G. Also recently, there have been reports about the presence of a slot in the iPad's metal frame that could fit a front-facing camera. These reports have now further fueled rumors about an imminent availability of a forward facing camera even in future versions of the iPhone or iPad.
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