Last Updated on 11/26/2013 by Chris Gampat
Years ago, Apple made a camera: and it failed. As a result, they stepped out of the digital camera industry and would only really get back into it with the upgrades to the camera in their iPhone line of products. From that, manufacturers created lots of accessories for iPhoneographers everywhere.
But now, it seems like Apple has more of an interest in the camera industry–at least that’s what this patent is showing. According to the graphic, the company is interested in a camera that is almost like the Lytro: meaning that it has light fields and allows the user to refocus the image after it has been shot. Though Light Field cameras have been around for years, Lytro was the first company to commodify and develop it for the everyday consumer.
If something like this ever comes to life and it has the appropriate marketing, just think about what it could mean. The entire web might need to adapt as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and more would need to adjust algorithms. In fact, it might even be part of the next major iteration of HTML.
Via the Verge