Apple is working on a new 360-degree photo mode for iPhones.
Apple continues to work on its new iPhone 13, the phones that are called to be undoubtedly the object of desire of many users for the second half of 2021. Little by little we are learning new details of these phones, and even some that we will probably know in future generations, such as these that have to do with an original mode of photography.
360-degree photography is not something new, many years ago the Google camera and then others offered us modes with which we could take 360-degree photos, allowing us to move in some places as if we were already there. Now we know of an Apple patent that points to what the Cupertino firm could offer in future iPhones.
360-degree photography with multiple iPhones
As we said, 360-degree photography is nothing new, either with cameras of this type that appeared in recent years in the market or with specific photography modes, it was quite common to access this type of photography modes. But the patent we now know points to a new 360-degree photography system similar to the cameras used by Google in the recording of images for Google Maps Street View, which is composed of several cameras arranged in the shape of a sphere to capture the environment.
In this case, it seems that Apple’s patent seeks to use several iPhones at the same time to be able to gather the images taken by the periscope or main sensors to generate a single 360-degree image. In such a way that if we can access several of these phones at the same time we can capture these 360-degree photographs or videos with the quality provided by the cameras of these phones. All the images obtained by the different iPhones would be joined in one of these devices to generate a continuous video with this perspective, or one also of this format.
New support for taking these photographs and videos
The patent also contemplates the existence of physical support to gather in it all the iPhones or other devices involved in taking all these images. The idea is to place several iPhones radially arranged to capture in detail all the necessary areas of the scene to capture it in 360 degrees. The bracket is intended to allow each iPhone to cover at least a 30-degree angle.
Putting all the iPhones together will create a sharp 360-degree image. Apple’s idea is that by covering such a narrow-angle of view, each iPhone can capture a particular area of the image without significant changes in light. When images are combined for a 360-degree photo taken by the same iPhone, significant differences can be seen in different areas of the image, as the exposure derived from the light is not the same. Apple’s idea is to use all of these iPhones so that the exposure of each portion of the photo is always the best.