Apple 3D Image & Video Recording Patent: iPhone 5 To Include?

As we all know Apple’s technology department is always looking into new ideas, sometimes filing for patents on certain designs that may never even be seen.

Well it looks like Apple has been busy again, according to AppleInsider, who have reported on a patent application through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Put in this week the plans relate to 3D image capturing, which Apple would use via twin rear facing cameras.

Listed as, “Systems and Methods for an Imaging System Using Multiple Image Sensors,” this could be an addition set for the iPhone 5. Apple has already commented on current 3D systems, likening them to poor quality images that would obviously not be suitable for their application.

Apple’s own system would use a hardware-based angle, which would give what has been described as a “deterministic calculation for stereo disparity compensation.”

While this sounds complicated the set up would use various sensors and multiple imaging hardware to convert a single image into 3D. This system would also have the benefit of being able to record in 3D.

This isn’t the first time the California company has looked into three-dimensional imaging, back in 2009 Apple looked into 3D displays, and has also dabbled with the idea of 3D interfacing for the Mac OS X.

As Pop Herald reports, the popularity of 3D grows, the U.S. has just been given Nintendo’s 3DS, featuring their glasses-free 3D display. If Apple decide to release a device capable of taking 3D images it will need to be able to support a 3D display along with it.

Tell us if you can see 3D coming to the fifth generation iPhone?