According to a patent granted by the USPTO Tuesday, California-based manufacturer Apple secured the right to create a triple-lens, triple-sensor image capture device that would allow for unprecedented color quality.
“One embodiment may take the form of an image sensing device that includes a first image sensor for capturing a luminance image, a second image sensor for capturing a first chrominance, and a third image sensor for capturing a second chrominance image,” the USPTO said.
It added the image sensing device may include “an image processing module for combining the luminance image captured by the first image sensor, the first chrominance image captured by the second image sensor, and the second chrominance image captured by the third image sensor, to form a composite image.”
Apple isn’t likely to implement this new technology into the iPhone anytime soon, but it could become a major selling point for its smartphones in the future. This patent arrives on the heels of a variety of rumors regarding the future of the iPhone’s camera, as the next iPhone could potentially launch with a 12MP lens.