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New Apple patent lends credence to OIS in the iPhone 6 camera

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New Apple patent lends credence to OIS in the iPhone 6 camera
Recently, we heard a new rumor that rather than boosting the megapixel count on the next version of the iPhone, Apple was looking to improve the camera in other ways. The only real mention of how Apple would be attempting to improve the camera was with optical image stabilization (OIS). OIS is becoming more and more the standard on smartphone cameras, and a new patent application makes it look like Apple is working on the feature.

Unlike many of the patents that we see, which are granted too close to a device's release to reasonably expect it in that device, this patent has a very good shot of becoming reality. It is very likely that Apple wants to add OIS to the next iPhone camera; Apple hates to pay patent licensing fees; and, the next iPhone won't even be hitting mass production for about another 6 months or so. 

Apple first filed the patent back in 2012, and has likely been waiting on its approval before moving forward with OIS capabilities in the iPhone, which might explain why the 5s didn't have the feature. There are obviously other patents out there which cover optical image stabilization, so we're assuming that the USPTO found something unique in Apple's patent (perhaps the use of a coil and magnet system to move the lens with three degrees of freedom). Or, the USPTO may simply be pushing patents through without checking too much. It's always hard to say with the USPTO. 

source: USPTO via pocketnow

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posted on 11 Jan 2014, 11:19 2

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Good. That way, no one can steal camera ideas from Apple.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 11:40 13

10. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


I know, I wouldn't want anyone to steal the same camera they have used for 3 years.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 13:58 3

18. bucky (Posts: 1574; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Funny and yet still competes or puts to shame everyone else's offerings. What does that say about the competition?

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 14:27 14

21. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The camera on the iPhone 5S can't even touch the cameras on any Lumia high end Lumia models since mid-2013, G2, Z1, and let's not even mention the 1020. It competes with the S4 or Note 3, but is no way better.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 14:43 1

24. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Thank you for saying what I was about to Smurf.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 18:20 1

32. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 371; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


As an G2 user myself, I actually like the photo with the 5s better actually

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 20:59 4

37. androiphone20 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


+1,The iphone 5s is a brilliant performer over other devices out there with a larger 8mp sensor that means it has even better dynamic range, making it better in low light (the Z1 takes not-so-great low light shots btw). It has a new dual tone flash that is an industry first and it intelligently evaluates the amount of flash to get more accurate colors and skin tones. The 5S only beats the 1020 on control cuz seriously you can't just give someone on the street to take a shot without giving a little explanation. It's a notable patent because I remember a post here on PA mentioning that with a slim body the ip6 wasn't going to get ois but now that they found a way to do it I guess someone has to CALL whine-1-1, we need a wambulance!!

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 14:31 2

22. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


it is good but certainly not putting to shame much of anyone's offerings. Even with the level of integration and implementation its far from the best.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 14:18 4

20. akki20892 (Posts: 3653; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


God creations then people follows and try to make possible.

I mean Nokia creations then other phone companies follows and try to make possible.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 21:20 1

42. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Hell yeah!

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 18:13

51. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Except Nokia has been using OIS since 2012

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 11:21 9

2. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6736; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


yet again another Apple B.S. patent

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 11:24 12

4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3317; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


They will probably advertise it as the world's first OIS in a smartphone.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 11:35 1

5. Kal-el (Posts: 91; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


ITS REVOLUTIONARY!!!! can't u see...the company as innovated a way to SCREW EVERY OTHER COMPANY IN THE MARKET WhO ARE PATENT-LESS

-_____- LOLZ

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 12:16 5

12. illusionmist (Posts: 126; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)


It's 2014, don't you think this "revolutionary" joke is a bit too old? Also you seem rather irritable, Kal. Are you on Kryptonite?

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 22:48

43. Kal-el (Posts: 91; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


LOL that is funny... but technically it would be red kryptonite lol ...what irritates me is in the age where we should push our boundaries to free innovation and invention to achieve our greatest potential as a generation... apple wants to restrict and stop that motion with all this lawsuits and patents because of one reason .....they can't keep up.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 03:45 1

45. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


''they can't keep up''??? That is why Apple has the first armv8 CPU that puts everyone else to shame.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 10:30

46. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


And still uses an outdated screen 960-540. We are on 1080P
Has 330Ppi, they said it was the highest
64Bit with 1Gb RAM,,, really? Lmfao. What a gimmick.. still lags and stutters when motion control is on. Underpowered by not providing a bigger battery so they can rinse and make 300% profit by not providing a 2000Mah battery.

What i don't understand is iOs is a very light Os, with fake multitasking which apps freezes when opening another app. ArmV8 is a A57 A15 CPUs, which even clocked at 1.3Ghz should preform like a 2.3Ghz. Cause it is a beast of a chip, which has 100% more Torque and uses less power to preform as a 2.3Ghz chip. Looks like they totally underclocked it and used A9 cores but not a full pure A15.
Like what Snapdragon800. Sacrafice power by saving battery. What a joke. I prefer power over not having battery lasting long, well atleast you can enjoy the power of a true A15s.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 18:56

55. darkkjedii (Posts: 12624; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Damn dude you're sounding a lot like "Troll".

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 11:24

3. hotty (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


corruption in ustpo maybe !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 11:36 10

6. stealthd (Posts: 980; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


I get the feeling a lot of people here just don't understand anything about patents. You can patent something to do the same thing as another patent in a different way. Or you can patent related technologies without being the original inventor, like adding on new things to an existing patent. This patent means Apple came up with their own way of doing OIS. It doesn't mean they can turn around and sue HTC or LG for already having phones with OIS, and if you think they will then when has that ever happened? (hint:never)

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 11:39 7

8. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


They sued Samsung and won and one of their major reasons for filing suit was that the Samsung "stole their chasis design, and it hurt their iPhone sales." Ray Charles could see that the Galaxy Devices do not resemble the iPhone. Do you read the news?

If you don't think this won't turn into them trying to sue other companies based off of similar reasoning with this patent, you're sorrily mistaken.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 12:54 6

13. nctx77 (Posts: 576; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Are you kidding me? The original galaxy S device was damn near a carbon copy of the iPhone 3G/3GS. Sorry bro, you just lost all credibility with that one. This is where the samsung/ Apple court wars started. It really had nothing to do with the current galaxy s devices. Yes some of the newer devices came into play, but that is just the back and fourth war they have going on. They originally went after them with the galaxy s. The thing even had software that looked like ios. They didn't take the idea and do it there own way.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 13:04 3

14. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


A carbon copy that ran an OS that looked/looks nothing like iOS, and vastly different dimensions?

Interesting...

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 17:33 2

29. greathero1 (Posts: 494; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


You might want to go check out the first Galaxy S and see what Samsung did to the UI. It definitely looked like the iPhone but thank goodness Sammy went in a different direction with the S2 which was probably the best of the S series. That phone was awesome in almost all respects IMO.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 15:38 1

26. Ashoaib (Posts: 2429; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Carbon copy? Did you have ever seen a galaxy with iphone 3g/3gs?? I am sure you didnt and even if you did, most probably you were without your spectacle othrrwise you might never call it a carbon copy...

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 23:04 1

44. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 371; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


I owned both phones in the past, and the GS1 did look a lot like the iPhone. I saw it myself.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 20:32 1

36. androiphone20 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


nctx77, see if anyone believes that the galaxy S looks nothing like the 3g/3gs they are best ignored.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 10:51 3

47. Taters (Posts: 3598; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Lol selective memory? The Galaxy S that looked like the iPhone wasn't even released in The USA. How Apple used it in court was beyond me because the carrier variants were totally different.

And they got Samsung for the Nexus S which wasn't even fully designed by Samsung.mstoo being a moronic Apple lover and open your eyes. You clueless ifans are not only hypocritical but also stupid and ridiculous.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 13:30 1

16. sprockkets (Posts: 1361; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Apple regulary patents stuff others come up with. It's unfortunately industry standard practice. They did it with the fused screen design that Samsung already had out, as an example.

OIS is decades old as well, with Canon being one of the ones who had it first with their old camcorders. Sony does it digitaly with their old ones as well.

Or do you seriously think Nortel came up with online advertising and a mobile gui?

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 20:00 1

35. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


sprockkets: you need to improve your writing skill.

You wrote: "Apple regulary patents stuff others come up with."

The correct verbiage out to be Apple regulary patents IMPROVEMENTS ON stuff others come up with.

These improvements are why Apple gets the patent. If you patent the first mouse trap, that would NOT stop other people from patenting BETTER mouse traps.

The second point is that if these improvements were so easy to make, then why didn't you patent them yourself?

I am a patent holder who made a work-around on an existing patent. It took 3 years and numerous challenges from the Patent office. When I speak about patents, I speak from experience.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 17:39 3

30. greathero1 (Posts: 494; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


You are waiting your time trying to speak reasonably. Common sense should have came into play when they read the article but nope. I guess they don't think the point and shoot OEMs and cellular OEMs haven't filed for a patent on their version of OIS. If they have created a new method of achieving it then why should they not patent it. If you use Canons method or Nokias method that they have patents for, guess what.........they are going to sue you and make you pay them for using something they spent time creating. Simple enough but the blind fanboy crybaby mess is alive and well of PA.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 21:05

38. androiphone20 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


+1, this is a whine-1-1 emergency

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 11:36 1

7. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


I wonder how long until LG gets sued for the G2...

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 12:07 3

11. Antimio (Posts: 279; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


Gimme a sec and i'll tell you when... (Phone beeping) Hello, Apple?

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 11:39 5

9. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 313; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


LOL, iOS gets OIS. Nice.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 13:20

15. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1291; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Where is optical zoom?

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 13:51 2

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 12624; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Put it into this years iphone apple, I'm lining up now to camp out.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 14:00 2

19. bucky (Posts: 1574; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Lol yep! I love my 5s but I'll be happy to see what they offer.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 15:14 1

25. darkkjedii (Posts: 12624; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Man I can't wait till the new one drops. I am sooo camping out to get it. Last year I dragged my wife an long, and she actually enjoyed it. I married a nerd lol ;).

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 14:32 2

23. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3317; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


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posted on 11 Jan 2014, 15:39 2

27. noler (Posts: 194; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


If you can not wait you can try the Lumia 920/925/928/1020/1520, each of these phones has 3-axis gyroscope floating lens technology.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 16:17 1

28. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Because overpaying for something is WAY COOLER BRAH. Don't you know anything?

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 21:13

40. androiphone20 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


no quality apps, the viewfinder on the devices are meh, no built-in hdr mode and I don't want to photoshop my image for hdr after taking a shot, (excluding the 1520) you can actually see individual pixeld in apps likr the calendar app and color representation on lumias is a hit or miss so yeah, I'd rather stick to my 5s with s-s-ss-l-l-o-o-w-w motion video.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 13:06 1

49. muhsen (Posts: 268; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


oh dear..another ignorant person who doesn't know anything about lumias
no quality apps ??? there r tons and 99% of quality apps on android store r covered in Wp( it's not anyone's problem that u r living under a rock for the past months).
the viewfinder on the devices are meh ??? with u have proved that u literally know nothing about lumias actually according to most reviews including PA's and gsmarena's Nokia camera viewfinders r the best viewfinders.
no built-in hdr mode?, even though that's correct , there's a built in manual HDR through bracketing but there r tons of quality camera apps that offers HDR.

you can actually see individual pixels in apps like the calendar app?? This is trolling and showing ignorance at the same time because unless u r talking about low end lumias like 520/620, u can't see any pixels at any instance on high end lumias (920.925.928. 1020...). ironically speaking . lumia 920 and above have higher PPI than that of any iphone (or any apple device).

color representation on lumias is a hit or miss ?? with this, u have hit the nail on ur coffin . lumia devices (both LCD and amoled devices) r one of best according to most reviews in terms colour representation and other display performance categories . Not to mention that u can change colour representation to what suits to u via lumia colour profile.
even though 5s is very respectable smartphone, but " s-s-ss-l-l-o-o-w-w motion video" is no way cooler than video lossless zoom on lumia pureview devices (video lossless zoom is available to lumia 92x , 1020 and 1520 unlike photo lossless zoom which is available only to 1020 and 1520). not to mention that the 5s' mono recording capabilities make recording Vids useless where most smartphones use stereo recording let alone lumia devices( all including low ends like 620 and 720) with their HAAC technology and their 3 to 4 stereo mics

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 18:19 1

52. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


Well your replying to a Apple fan who only perishes and gives credit to Apple only, though he has screen-name and an avatar of "Android" he loves Apple, but trolls on Android. Just like that guy "JakeLee" whose a system-developer for Android, and bashes Android with his great knowledge, that hardly there is no one to dispute against hi, cause no one is a system-developer or software-devolper..

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 21:34

57. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Lol proof you absolutely know NOTHING about tech.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 21:14

41. androiphone20 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


no quality apps, the viewfinder on the devices are meh, no built-in hdr mode and I don't want to photoshop my image for hdr after taking a shot, (excluding the 1520) you can actually see individual pixeld in apps like the calendar app and color representation on lumias is a hit or miss so yeah, I'd rather stick to my 5s with s-s-ss-l-l-o-o-w-w motion video.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 21:07 1

39. androiphone20 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


dark, this time I keep a pineapple around if any Samsung journalist comes up to met he's getting knocked on the head!

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 18:49

53. darkkjedii (Posts: 12624; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Lmao good one. +1

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 18:00 3

31. rightcue805 (Posts: 55; Member since: 08 Jul 2013)


if you wait in line for more then 2 hours for anything you HAVE NO LIFE! stupid fan boys!

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 18:21 2

33. darkkjedii (Posts: 12624; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You sound butthurt dude. Camping out is fun.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 19:30 1

34. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5954; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Errr. Maybe you enjoy standing in line. Not me. Although, if Apple releases the iP6 with an OIS-enabled camera and a 4.7+ inch screen, I might be tempted to get one. Even then, I still will not be standing in line; if I do get an iP6, the only standing I will be doing is while I am signing for the FedEx delivery.

Then again, if Apple drops a half-baked iOS v 8 on the iP6, I will pass.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 18:53

54. darkkjedii (Posts: 12624; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Hey DXD, I honestly enjoy it. It's always been fun just hanging out talking to people, and the fact that my wife likes it makes it even cooler. People like rightcue805 say if u do it you have no life, but is coming to PA to insult people for doing and using what they like having a life?

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 12:07 2

48. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


Lining up for a device which still has no 1080P screen

No Quadcore

No file manager

No bluetooth

No options to download keyboards

No 470PPI

No real multitasking

So what am i lining up for....? A logo, ...?

Aluminium is cheaper to buy than plastic...

No access to it's platform OS- hardware

Wow these users line up for a 3 years old device

Rotflmfao

Send from my iP5s64Gb

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 16:37 1

50. SIGPRO (Posts: 508; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Haha Apple stop copying Nokia, do your own research and dont steal other companies work.
Apple will use this as a marketing trick.....we are the first one with ois hahaa apple you truly suck!

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 18:58

56. darkkjedii (Posts: 12624; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Awww shut up.

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