Apple has been granted a new patent through which Apple has detailed the procedure of taking panoramic photos by a single tap. Panoramic shots have been a part of iOS for a long time. Previously, your iPhone camera would stitch together multiple pictures to produce a single panoramic shot. The patent granted for ‘super-resolution mode’ allows you to create panoramic shots with a single tap.
There is only a subtle variation in the mechanism of how the panoramic shot will be captured. Your iOS device would automatically capture a number of pictures with a single tap so that you won’t have to take multiple pictures.
The procedure to producing this panoramic shot is quite clever. What happens is that a reference optical sample is taken through an optical path using the electronic image sensor. The optical image stabilization processor then adjusts the optical path to the electronic image sensor. Now, the adjusted optical path is used to capture the second optimal sample. The second optical sample is captured such that, there is only a small variation in the sub-pixel offset between the first and the second optical sample. This procedure could be repeated many times to produce a number of optical samples by the image stabilization processor. These optical samples will then be stitched together to produce a single super-resolution image.
In the current mechanism, the optical image stabilization processor shifts the electronic image sensor based on the movement of the hand. It is also detailed in the patent that the same motor will be used to shift image sensors automatically to the left or right to produce multiple images that would then be glued together by your camera to produce a single shot. On your iOS device, you could turn on the super-resolution mode in the same way as the HDR is turned on.
It goes without stating that Apple only implements only a few of the patents that are granted to it. So we, as for now, do not know for sure if Apple would implement this feature in the future or not.