Apple Working on 3D Camera For iPhone, iPad

Ever since the launch of the iPhone, Apple has improved the camera with every iPhone release.

Patently Apple has discovered an Apple patent application, which suggests that it planning to take things to a different level. The patent application reveals that Apple is working on a 3D camera for iOS devices like the iPhone, iPad.

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.

The 3D camera will also offer intelligent facial and gesture recognition. Patently Apple believes that the 3D camera will compliment iPhone and iPad’s Retina Display.

While we’ve heard rumors that Apple is planning to add 3D support to their iOS devices, the possibility of a 3D camera for iPhone and iPad does sound interesting. It could be one of the killer feature of the next generation iPhones and iPads.

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.

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  • Mediascapenorth

    Pretty cool.

  • Jailbreak A5X

    Apple didn’t upgrade the camera when they introduced the 3GS.

    • Igure

      Yes, they did. 3G fatures a 2.0 mp camera while 3GS features a 3.2mp camera.

      • fas

        and the introduction of the video camera too.

      • ItsyourBoy

        No the 2g had a 2.0 camera and the 3G and 3GS had a 3.0

  • Iso

    For the phone I can understand but I don’t even want a camera in the ipad.

    • Steve Jobs

      I need my iPad camera for FaceTime sex

      • froger

        lol nice name

  • Kiwiholden

    I think they would wait as long as possible before they put something like this in and maybe wait till there low on new features

    • Soluble

      Like now? 4S got what? A5 processor, yay, Siri, yay and a better camera… I would consider that low on features!

      • Gordii

        When having a 3GS it was worth the upgrade personally.

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  • ITcrowd

    I don’t see a need for 3D camera, nor 3D display on a smartphone. You can see clearly that 3D TVs haven’t started the revolution everybody expected. Sales are low, 3D screens are not very good to eyes. For cameras I’d rather see better low light performance, faster and better focusing, and shot to shot times.

  • g

    I’m sure that if Apple does 3D it will be blow your mind 3D, not what we see today. Plus we are talking 3D photography not video. Remember Apple is reknown for coming up with features we didnt know we couldn’t live without. So they may or may not, but if they do it will be cool!