Thanks to a tip off from reader Allan Hoffman, it looks like Apple's next generation iPhone may be about to get a new smarter camera.
Over at Patently Apple, there is news of 3 new iPhone camera patents filed by Apple.
The first patent addresses "Blurry Photos", where Apple's solution would be for the iPhone to capture and buffer a number of images saving the sharpest/clearest one, just as ClearCam does today.
The second patent covers "Skin Tones", and the fact that if you enhance the colour of a photo, you can affect a persons skin tone, making it look too saturated. Apple's solution would be to implement a "Skin Tone Mask", separating the skin tone and non-skin tone regions of the image.
The third patent covers "Chroma Noise Reduction", and the possible use of a technique called "Flat Fielding" to overcome this problem.
To read about this in more detail, head over to Patently Apple.
Source: Allan Hoffman and Patently Apple.