Leaked patent of an Apple iPhone shows the new iPhones could be doing some “magic”. This, some are viewing it as a way to change the subjects of the current talk, which is their stalling sales and people calling for. From the patent, the next line of iPhones will be able to detect your intent to take a photo or video and automatically open the camera. But all aside, the features in the said patent will be cool when it comes to actualisation.
AppleInsider, a fan site, discovered the patent which Apple had filed just last Thursday. The patent described in details how new iPhones will be able to know when you want to take a photo and automatically open the camera.
Still seems unreal to you? Well, the hardware to perform this has already been confirmed as part this year’s iPhones.
How it is going to work…
The patent details the “Apparatus and method for automatically activating a camera application based on detecting an intent to capture a photograph or a video.”
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This technique works by recognising user’s motion of lifting the iPhone into a typical photography position. It then scans for the proximity of a subject (person or object you’re taking photo of) in the frame. The camera then automatically opens if both criteria are met.
Built-in accelerometers (which have been part of every iPhone) handle the motion detection. And a proximity-based sensor will take care of the subject detection. The current proximity sensors in iPhones are short-ranged (for portrait shots and Face ID facial recognition). But Sony has revealed its long-range 3D camera sensor and it has confirmed partnership with Apple. So, it is clear Apple is really bringing this feature.
Really not everyone will like this – an iPhone which can automatically open its camera. But Apple leaking the patent will get people talking about the actual thing. This might pull back lost iPhone customers into the fray.
Also, releasing the phone in conjunction with Apple’s ‘back to the future’ move may be good enough to divert buyers’ attention from missing 5G, since Apple isn’t bringing out 5G iPhone until 2020.