A new patent has been awarded to Apple by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This patent states that the iPhone sensor will automatically adjust itself to align the camera with the clip-on accessory if the add-on is not centre.
Titled “Adapting camera systems to accessory lenses,” the patent shows that Apple has figured out on how to reduce any distortion, misalignment or other photographic errors such as chromatic aberration and vignetting.
Algorithms will analyse to see if the sensor is perfectly aligned with the clip-on. If it is not, the phone will physically move the sensor to ensure it is in a straight line relative to the lens and clip-on.
While the existence of the patent does not mean Apple will be creating its own clip-on lens, it does mean that Apple is acknowledging the existence of the accessory made by third parties. We may see this patent implemented in the upcoming iPhone model, rumoured to be launched sometime in quarter four of 2018.