Underwater photography is something of a sea change for Apple (sorry). But, if the patent becomes reality, it will be the latest in a long line of improvements the company has been making to the iPhone's camera.
The iPhone XS had a number of camera improvements that showed Apple's handset capable of being a dedicated camera.
A push into underwater photography is an interesting one, though, and not really something anyone else is currently doing.
The patent is titled: Submersible Electronic Devices With Imaging Capabilities, which we're sure is also the name of a band we once saw in Shoreditch.
The patent is all about optimising for underwater photography, with the phone detecting when it is submerged and the shutter is pressed.
When this happens, there's a number of things the camera and its sensor does: gathers light information, depth information, detect murkiness, figure out how far objects are and adjust the illumination, filter etc accordingly.
The obvious caveats are in place for patents such as this: it's only a patent, the tech may never come to light, it's pure speculation that this will come to future iPhones...
But just knowing Apple is interesting in improving underwater photography is an exciting thing - let's just hope it's prepping bigger and better IP ratings at the same time.
Via Apple Insider