Apple is always on the lookout for new technologies that can be implemented in the company's upcoming iPhone and iPad models. And information about most of these technologies are derived from new patents that may have been submitted by the company in the past to secure a permission to introduce the same. Now, it seems like more new patents have been unearthed suggesting more new implementable technologies that we might get to see in the coming days.
According to reports, Apple could be looking to introduce new split cameras for apparently thinner iPhones of the future, alongside a new location-based security.
The first of the patent applications were recently published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, called "Electronic device with two image sensors," details a certain camera that comprises of two distinct sensors. While the first sensor will be present to capture luma (brightness data), the other one could capture chroma, or color-based information.
Later, a final image would be obtained by combining the data captured via each sensor. As revolutionary as that may sound, expect to see this kind of technology later down the line.
"By splitting the camera into two, each module could be made thinner than a comparable camera with dual-purpose sensors embedded into the same module. This would allow the device housing the camera to be made correspondingly thinner," writes Apple Insider.
Apart from that, Apple has also says that the split design will allow for improved signal-to-noise ratio "resulting in increased image quality. It could also help alleviate color reproduction issues caused by optical filters, and the overall assembly might be less costly."
Also, there's a second application, entitled "Electronic devices having adaptive security profiles and methods for selecting the same," which depicts a situation where a mobile device could automatically choose to enable or disable certain security protocols depending on the device's location.
"For example, an iPhone could require a simple four-digit passcode while in a user's home but insist on a fingerprint for authentication once it leaves that area," the report adds.
Moreover, for finer security, users will also be able to assign several different profiles that would then apply to individual apps and types of data. "SMS data could be subject to different access requirements than email data, for instance."
However, we have no idea as to when we will be able to see such technologies in action. But whenever it is, as we mentioned before, don't expect them soon.