According to the latest application, Apple has been working on improving the optical image stabilization feature on its phones using mirrors. In Apple's quest to transform its phones, the company has also been making strides improving the photo taking capabilities of its handsets.
In a recent patent filing, United States Patent Application 20150042870 entitled "Mirror Tilt Actuation," Apple appears intent on improving its iPhone cameras. The technology features an image sensor compatible with small, multifunction devices (iPhone) that can compensate the hand movement of the user to enhance overall picture quality.
According to the patent's abstract: "Some embodiments include an image sensor and a zoom lens assembly including a plurality of movable lens elements arranged to be moved independent of one another. In some embodiments, the “plurality of movable lens elements focused on shared optical axis.” Some embodiments include a lens and mirror assembly for admitting light to the miniature camera."
Apple initially incorporated the optical image stabilization feature in its iPhone 6 series. The iPhone 6 Plus works with a hardware OIS to guarantee superior photo taking whereas the smaller iPhone 6 does this through a software. In Apple's latest patent, the company explains how the iOS adjusts the camera's field of view direction to work with the user's motion. As with other patents, this may or may not find its way to the upcoming iPhones depending on Apple’s discretion.
In another report by The Korea Times, Apple’s foray into more innovative products may be costing it more enemies as Samsung accuses the company of poaching its employees. According to Samsung, Apple has been offerings its engineers and technicians competitive annual salary packages and benefits.