Apple has filed a patent application for a camera remote control. The possible product looks unexpectedly basic for something designed in Cupertino, but it has powerful functionality. What we have at a glance is a little rectangle with a touch-screen display, playback buttons, power buttons, and four additional hardware keys that connects to the iPhone via Bluetooth.
The remote offers full camera control - changing modes, shutter speeds and frame rates, turning activation on or off, and the like. Also, the device touts a notification system that lets it show the iPhone or iPad camera's status via its display and lights - for example, whether the camera just took a picture, is still recording, is on or off, and vice versa. In addition, users will be able to replay photos and videos, and remotely edit images directly on the remote's display.
It is not yet known when, and if this accessory will appear on the market. The patent was filed back in 2009.
Speaking of Apple cameras, the upcoming iPhone 6 will reportedly feature optical image stabilization from InvenSense. The same company has supplied up to 157 million component units to Samsung for its Galaxy smartphones. Other reports indicate an 8MP Sony sensor and 6p sapphire lenses.