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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: 2146; 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: 2694; 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: 10457; 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: 489; 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: 1654; 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: 892; 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: 3901; 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: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Except Nokia has been using OIS since 2012

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 11:21 9

2. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


yet again another Apple B.S. patent

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 11:24 12

4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; 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: 93; 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: 157; 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: 93; 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: 22052; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


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

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 11:24

3. hotty (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


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

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 11:36 10

6. stealthd (unregistered)


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: 2095; 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: 566; 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: 3229; 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: 489; 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: 1654; 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 (banned) (Posts: 6474; 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: 1611; 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?

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