updated 01:33 pm EST, Tue December 3, 2013
Could hint at possibilities for iOS Camera app
Apple has won a US patent on a software-based method of producing a stereoscopic image. Instead of requiring a specialized camera with twin lenses, the new system would identify two suitable photos in a device's camera roll and combine them, aligning content automatically. The patent was first filed for in January 2011, but only came into Apple's hands after a Kodak patent auction in 2012. The film and camera maker sold off some $525 million in patents to help emerge from bankruptcy.
The patented technology could conceivably be implemented in a future version of the iOS Camera app. On the iPhone, the iOS 7 edition of the app supports several unusual shooting options, such as panoramas and slow-motion video.