Apple patent involves camera systems for bendable electronic devices

Well, this isn’t exactly a firm prediction: according to Alpha Biz (via DigiTimes), Apple might release a foldable iPhone in 2027 — or cancel the project entirely.

I’m still dubious that Apple will release a foldable or bendable iPhone or iPad. That said, the tech giant has been granted a patent (number US 11930283 B2) for “Camera Systems for Bendable Electronic Devices.”

About the patent

In the patent data, the tech giant notes that electronic devices may have image sensors such as a rear-facing camera on a smartphone for capturing images. To capture wide angle photographs, some smartphones support panoramic image capture modes. 

In this mode of operation, a user sweeps the camera of a cellular telephone across a scene during image capture operations. After multiple sequential images of different parts of the scene have been captured in this way, the cellular telephone may stitch together the images to form a panoramic photograph. 

Apple says it can be challenging to capture panoramic images in this way, especially on a bendable device. Images may become blurred due to camera movement and/or portions of a scene may move during image capture operations. Alignment issues may also arise causing desired portions of an image to be cut off unintentionally. Apple wants its devices to overcome such limitations.

Summary of the patent

Here’s Apple’s abstract of the patent: “An electronic device may have a flexible housing formed from flexible fabric, flexible polymer, or other flexible materials. Cameras may be mounted on the housing. The housing may be bent into different configurations such as a configuration in which the housing has a convex surface facing an exterior region and a configuration in which the housing has a concave surface facing the exterior region. The cameras may have respective camera image capture directions. By reorienting the cameras by bending the housing, the cameras can be used to capture panoramic images or three-dimensional images.”

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.