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Apple granted "folded camera" patent, may improve optical zoom on the iPhone

By Cookie Monster - on 14 Jul 2021, 12:00am

Apple granted "folded camera" patent, may improve optical zoom on the iPhone

Apple's patent of a folded camera with two light folding elements and an independent lens system. <br>Image source: Patently Apple

Future iPhones may feature a folded camera system that provide 3x optical zoom and high-resolution imaging.

Spotted by Patently Apple, the U.S Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a patent on a folded camera system that can be used in small form factor cameras. The patent describes components of a folded camera with two light folding elements and an independent lens system and another system with five refractive lens elements in the lens system. 

DigiTimes reported in December 2020 that the 2022 iPhones may support up to 10x optical zoom. Apple is said to be working with South Korean companies to make the periscope lens.

Source: Patently Apple via 9to5Mac

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