Say Cheese! Apple patent application lets the camera select the best shot
Every so often, the buffer is purged to make sure it has enough memory available for the next picture. The application was first filed in October 2012 as part of another co-pending filing from 2009, and lists Ralph Brunner, Nikhil Bhogal and James David Batson as the inventors. It is unknown whether the system is used now in iOS devices like the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad although it would seem that certain aspects of it are currently in place.
source: USPTO via AppleInsider
1. wendygarett (limited) 5 days ago posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:03 7 6
Nice but... Why must patent? :(
13. Nathan_ingx posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:35 15 2
First of all, i no longer like iPhone so Alan, the answer to your question is "no, i would not like it"
Second, i won't trust a device to pick the best photo out of the lot, although the algorithm may read right, it's not all that. I see it when the photo is good.
Thirdly, (let's come back to your topic Wendy) the game Apple is playing with patents is not the way technology should work.
Apple patents everything they think is original. Sadly, the word "original" is no longer how Apple works. It's the green paper they want to squeeze out of every point they can make.
2. rusticguy posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:08 16 0
Isn't this already there on some phone ... asking because i just can't imagine Apple spending money on R&D (read Patent) on something that has not been done by someone else already :)
7. joseph98 posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:20 16 1
Yes in galaxy note II, we have a feature called best photos where the phone will take a burst 8 images then the phone will suggest the best picture out of the 8 so you can either go with phone suggestions or pick the one you like the most to be saved while the other 7 pictures will be automatically deleted from your phone. OK I can see samsung removing this feature once apple is granted the patent and then sue samsung in the near future.
19. rickywinataa posted on 14 Feb 2013, 08:20 8 1
i don't think apple would be able to do that, samsung has used the feature since Q2 '12 and apple started to file the patent since Q3 '12.
34. joseph98 posted on 14 Feb 2013, 14:09 0 0
But the news said the co-pending filing started in 2009 which mean samsung is in troubled again along with all other phone manufacturers that uses this feature without paying apple.
The application was first filed in October 2012 as part of another co-pending filing from 2009, and lists Ralph Brunner, Nikhil Bhogal and James David Batson as the inventors.
35. rallyguy posted on 14 Feb 2013, 14:36 0 0
But the way the US patent office works is, it's given to the first person to apply for the patent, NOT the person who actually creates it first. So if Samsung did not patent their technology then Apple may have a chance to patent it, and sue Samsung again because Apple will claim it as theirs.
42. bipinm posted on 14 Feb 2013, 23:16 0 0
sony ericsson k790 had that feature...I think that was the first phone to have that feature...the phone take 9 pics and let the user decidewhich photos have to be saved...that was a noce feature...And apple cant sue anyone with that patent...
15. Droid_X_Doug posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:54 11 1
Yes, it is available in numerous other applications. joseph gives an example. Dedicated cameras have similar 'best-photo' pre-programmed scene modes that function almost exactly as described in the iApplication.
Hopefully, the USPTO rejects the iApplication as invalid on prior art grounds.
17. Droid_X_Doug posted on 14 Feb 2013, 08:14 0 0
It appears that the 2009 application hasn't issued, so USPTO may be having heartburn with Apple. Sometimes, you get an examiner who has an interest (photography) in the subject matter. That would seem to be an iNightmare scenario for Apple - an examiner with good technical subject matter expertise.
40. xtremesv posted on 14 Feb 2013, 20:10 0 0
it's different, now your iPhone will tell you: "you're shooting them wrong!"
3. nlbates66 posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:10 11 2
aren't various phones already out with an equivalent feature?
Galaxy S III certainly has various implementations of it.
5. tech2 posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:18 1 0
true. Many phones already have this feature. Their theory behind selecting the best image maybe different than that of Apple's but the idea of selecting the best picture is already present amongst several phones.
How on earth they get patent everytime they file for one ? when there is similar technology which is already implemented, whereas they haven't even introduced or implemented the technology !
4. amozhi posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:15 12 1
Pathetic...Samsung Galaxy S3 already has this feature implemented.
12. RaKithAPeiRiZ posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:34 10 1
•_•) the HTC ONE X
(⌐■_■) had this feature first
6. tiara6918 posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:20 8 1
Why does apple still need to patent this? Other manufacturers already have this feature
31. lolioslol (banned) posted on 14 Feb 2013, 12:13 3 0
You're not familiar with apple and how they "innovate" (STEAL) are you?
8. nikenturd (unregistered) posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:22 16 1
There you go, another stupid patent .... imagine if they came up with the 'burst shot' patent....wow ....Apple is trolling like crazy these days
9. darkkjedii posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:23 2 17
Apple isn't patenting the feature, but the particular way it's done on iOS. Re read the articl people
16. Droid_X_Doug posted on 14 Feb 2013, 08:03 12 1
Just because a feature is implemented in a different way in iOS does not make it patentable. My Canon PowerShot G9 (circa 2005?) does burst mode where multiple pics are taken with aperture and shutter speed selected by the camera. Adding dynamic range into the mix is not in-and-of-itself unique and innovative.
There is too much prior art around that can invalidate any patent that iApple might be able to game out of the USPTO.
25. rusticguy posted on 14 Feb 2013, 09:42 1 2
Yea it's something like patenting how to use the tissue paper to wipe the @rse in a particular way. Who knows that's next from Apple ...
10. Angkor posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:25 4 1
Samsung Galaxy S3 has a software and programmed to select the best picture but Apple is a camera that select the best picture is very crazy ideas. I hope USPO will not award Apple for crazy ideas.
11. nikenturd (unregistered) posted on 14 Feb 2013, 07:26 12 0
My antiquated Nikon Coolpix point and shoot already has this feature...WOW....i am amazed
20. InspectorGadget80 posted on 14 Feb 2013, 08:50 0 1
Thought we agreed not too post any dumb ipatents articles. Y the hell are u trying too control uspto apple?
21. joey_sfb posted on 14 Feb 2013, 08:56 1 1
Look like Apple is planning another year of patent warfares instead of innovating their product. So sad!
23. gallitoking posted on 14 Feb 2013, 09:32 1 11
Love the feature and proud to use iOS as my operating system
32. lolioslol (banned) posted on 14 Feb 2013, 12:14 1 0
That is a source of pride for you? Your life must suck then if that's something to be proud of.
33. GeekMovement posted on 14 Feb 2013, 13:47 1 0
Kind of sad that they don't realize Apple is playing catch up with Android. We can already enjoy these similar features only better because it doesn't select the best photo for us, WE get to select the best photo. Apple fans are always annoyingly blinded.
41. darkdroid posted on 14 Feb 2013, 22:47 0 0
keep paying premium for 5 year old tech "trollking"
27. THETECHTEAM posted on 14 Feb 2013, 10:08 1 1
How Apple gonna patent something that is already on the Samsung phones and other device? Okay I have best shot on my Galaxy Note 2 got dang copy cats! Apple burns me!. They losing out now they gotta go steal other people's ideas and patent them.
28. Fuego84 posted on 14 Feb 2013, 10:10 1 1
I can already do this camera function on my HTC One S out of the box no app needed. I just hold the shoot button down and the camera starts taking pictures like a full automactic rile shoots bullets lol. Then I get a preview of all the photos captured along with the cameras choice of best picture which then you can choose to keep all of the photos, keep only the photos selected as best, or delete individually the photos you don't like. I think this having a choice is better that letting the camera bypass on the options for you and choosing the best shot itself. I know that this isn't stated about the apple camera patent but being apple don't they prefer keeping it simple for the user?
30. InspectorGadget80 posted on 14 Feb 2013, 11:59 0 0
If their so proud of patenting might as well buy usptp.
36. wsucoug13 posted on 14 Feb 2013, 15:59 1 0
My Galaxy SIII that came out in July does that.... so idk what apple is trying to do here
37. rgxVOiD posted on 14 Feb 2013, 16:30 1 0
My Sony Ericsson K790i came out in 2006 does that as well
39. napsterO6 posted on 14 Feb 2013, 19:50 1 0
We want Innovation not your hopeless Patents.