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Fu­ture iPhones May Have Multi-Cam­era Op­ti­cal Zoom Func­tion

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT -

The iPhone's cam­era is re­garded as one of the best in the smart­phone in­dus­try, and Ap­ple knows it. With that said, Ap­ple is not about to let the en­gine of in­no­va­tion stay idle, as it was re­ported that the com­pany filed a pa­tent ap­pli­ca­tion last year of what looks to be a plan for con­struct­ing a multi-cam­era op­ti­cal zoom sys­tem.

This pa­tent ap­pli­ca­tion ac­tu­ally co­in­cides with Ap­ple's US$20 mil­lion (ap­prox. RM880 mil­lion) pro­cure­ment of the Is­raeli cam­era tech­nol­ogy firm, LinX, back in April last year.

Un­like dig­i­tal zoom, an op­ti­cal zoom func­tion will al­low a cam­era to zoom in and fo­cus on a sub­ject with­out the fear of hav­ing the im­age qual­ity de­grad­ing

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FE­BRU­ARY 2016 to an ex­tent that noise lev­els would ul­ti­mately ruin the pic­ture. Based on the pa­tent ap­pli­ca­tion, it seems that the de­sign takes two cam­eras with dif­fer­ent fo­cal lengths, both of which will take two sep­a­rate pho­tos si­mul­ta­ne­ously. Once cap­tured, th­ese two pho­tos can then be com­bined to cre­ate a new im­age, de­pend­ing on the user's zoom pref­er­ence. The new tech­nol­ogy can also be ap­plied to video cap­ture, which would also ul­ti­mately re­sult in clearer video cap­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, such as time-lapse or slow-mo­tion cap­ture modes.

At this rate, it's al­most very likely that we'll first be see­ing this tech­nol­ogy be­ing in­cor­po­rated into the iPhone 7.

The open-source VLC Player is of­fi­cially avail­able on Ap­ple TV, and

open­ing up the doors for more own­ers of Ap­ple's fourth-gen­er­a­tion me­dia hub to ac­cess a breadth of video con­tent with­out hav­ing to con­vert them di­rectly into the for­mat that Ap­ple TV re­quires. In ad­di­tion, the new VLC Player app will also be able to source for con­tent that has been stored on the me­dia servers con­nected to your lo­cal area net­work, as well as pro­vide sub­ti­tles

over­lay­ing in video con­tent. ________________________________

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus' Bat­tery In­di­ca­tor Woes

Ap­ple's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been suf­fer­ing from a bat­tery in­di­ca­tor prob­lem, which caused the phones to dis­play their bat­tery lev­els in­ac­cu­rately. Ac­cord­ing

to Ap­ple, the bug would crop up when users man­u­ally change their

de­vice's time zone, or when it changes au­to­mat­i­cally upon en­ter­ing a dif­fer­ent time zone. At the time of writ­ing, Ap­ple sug­gested a tem­po­rary fix by re­set­ting the iPhone and then en­sur­ing that the 'Set Au­to­mat­i­cally' func­tion for the Date and Time

Set­ting has been turned on.

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