Apple developed the ultra-compact zoom lens for the new generation iPhone




iPhone for many users has become the main device for photography: quality camera, fast sensor, the ability to edit the frame in seconds and immediately put it in the network satisfy the needs of most users in fixing issues important moments of their lives. The only drawback is the lack of camera optical zoom, especially in tourist trips. But this could soon change.


Apple invented a way of placing smartphones zoom lens in which the change in the position of elements on the focal length will occur inside a compact housing. Such an arrangement does not require increasing the weight of the device, as well as for the extra thickness of the camera itself. The patent for this technology unveiled this week the US Patent and Trademark United States.


The document describes a device for smartphones lens with a variable focal length. Not to increase the size of iPhone, Apple has offered the facility is located so that the optical axis is parallel to the plane of the screen. On one side is adjacent to the lens image sensor, and the other – the unit with mirror, rotate the light output by 90 degrees.

One image shown Patent sectional structure. The mirror unit is located in the upper part, the image sensor unit with – the bottom. In the central part are moving group of lens elements, the movement of which causes a change in focal length.


At the present stage of development of optical zoom in smartphones makes them look like the camera more than phones. We can expect that the new generation iPhone Apple will provide a sufficient level of magnification and high quality of the images while maintaining compact dimensions of your smartphone.

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