A 3D iPhone is possibly closer than we might think and with the success that Nintendo has enjoyed with the 3DS, it’s not so farfetched anymore. This week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released a patent application from Apple related to 3D Picture taking. The patent was titled “Systems and Methods for an Imaging System Using Multiple Image Sensors.” The filing goes into detail to describe a system that would capture, process and render 3D images through the use of dual-camera hardware.
The application goes on to basically berate all current 3D software as pretty much being sub-standard. To counter what they felt like was a lack of clarity and performance Apple would employ a hardware-based approach with a “deterministic calculation for stereo disparity compensation.” Apple would go on to develop hardware with multiple imaging systems, employing separate luma, chroma and depth/distance sensors to capture images that can be turned into a single, three-dimensional picture. Their solution would not only be able to capture still images but 3D video as well. In the application, Apple goes on to say that the setup and calibration of such a system would be a simple one-time event. If anybody could make something like this simple and easy it would be Apple right?
This isn’t Apple’s first look at 3D technology, they have looked at it before for several applications including for its flagship MAC OS. The patent application revealed this week by the USPTO is credited to Brett Bilbrey and Guy Cote. It was first filed in September of 2009. While this is a possibility for the iPhone 5, we seriously doubt it. All signs point to an almost finished iPhone 5, but you never know. So a 3D iPhone at some point – perhaps iPhone 3D, what do you guys think? Is it worth it or should Apple be putting more attention toward other areas?