Among the new features discussed in the patent, the company is exploring new technologies that could adjust the camera flash based on the scene of the photo and the angle the camera is to an object. Another example of this flash would let the camera operator highlight a dimly lit area and focus the flash exclusively there. That means no more photos of people who look like cardboard cutouts when you use your camera flash.
Apple patently also points out some new zoom and telephoto features that could appear in the next generation of the camera.
It’s also interesting to note that Apple uses the word “dedicated” in its patent filing to describe a possible camera that is not tied to a phone or computer:
The device may be a portable device, such as a dedicated digital still or video camera, a smart phone or laptop/notebook computer with an integrated camera function or it may be a desktop personal computer with a built-in camera function.
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