San Francisco (TIP): Apple is continuing to develop technology for a folded camera system that could reduce the bulkiness of the camera bump on a future iPhone while maintaining image quality. The company has been working on a “folded camera” for years. That folded system could allow Apple to reduce the physical bulk of an iPhone’s camera without compromising on features like telescopic zoom or optical image stabilisation. In its most recent patent covering similar technology, granted on July 13 by the US Patent and Trademark Office, the tech giant continues to detail how a folded or periscope-like camera system could work, AppleInsider reported. The patent, simply titled “Folded camera,” details a system that includes “two light folding elements such as prisms and an independent lens system, located between the two prisms, which includes an aperture stop and a lens stack.” Although the camera doesn’t mention physical bulk, such a system could help reduce the size of the camera bump. A Additionally, Apple appears to be placing specific emphasis on allowing high-resolution images and complex camera technologies such as autofocus or optical image stabilisation (OIS).