Apple files patent to fill in gaps on screen during letterboxed video

Apple files patent to fill in gaps on screen during letterboxed video
Apple filed a patent back in January that offers a possible solution to the gaps that appear on the iPhone screen when widescreen videos are played. Using a Photoshop type-technique, colors are copied from each frame of video and then are used to fill in the gaps. It is a good enough solution to make the video appear to look full-screened in size.

The January patent filing adds to another patent filed in 2006 when the original Apple iPhone was being developed. Fast forward to current times and the Apple iPhone 5 still has the same letterbox problem despite the increase in screen size and in vertical resolution.  While it would obviously be a boon for those who like to watch movies or videos on their Apple iPhone, with the new screen size on the Apple iPhone 5, users of the latter device could really use this on those many apps that haven't been re-sized to fit the new 4 inch screen.

source: USPTO via Engadget


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29 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

.... I wonder if they're going to patent the chair next because it seems like they're patenting everything they want.

21. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

And somehow they are giving out any patent is being filed... I guess I wouldn't be too sad when the world end...

2. annymu5

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

Innovation, I guess.

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Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 23, 2011

29. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

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28. JoeBelfiore

Posts: 79; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

This is Android, Live with it.

20. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

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4. ogtomasx

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Motorola has this all ready OMG.....!!! make something mind blowing stop copying other people already,Copied Task Bar,Panoramic,Edge to edge, talking photos while being on video, and now you made a phone that look like a freaking "Dildo" apple sucks no new innovation straight icopy......

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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6. garz_pa

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

PATENT EVERYTHING dammit!

8. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

isnt this on all android devices already ? or PC windows etc wtf

10. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

Ambient lighting built in to some tvs do this already, and its kind of annoying and bad as is, itd be even more annoying ON the screen. The black edges when watching something widescreen or letterbox isnt a big deal to anyone i know. now the apps that arent resized on the otherhand... well, glad to see apple fan boys fragmentation argument turn against them. PS(sort of off topic) i had an iphone user ague fragmentation as a fault with android. has anyone even run in to any sort of app fragmentation on android devices in, I dont know, a couple years now?

13. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Nope.....I have yet to run into this fragmentation. I have a RAZR.....that apps show up on my Droid 1. The ONLY apps they dont work are obvious ones...like an HDMI one from my Droid X1.

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

fragmentation is an argument brought up by idiot fanboys that dont know jack about their own system. The dirty secret is that iOS is more fragmented than android and has only recently come under some modicum of control when they initiated over the air updates with iOS5. Does anyone really think that every iphone, iPad, and iPod user ran to their computer to get every last update? And then when they do get the update, they get denied features depending on which device they are using which is forced fragmentation by Apple.. something that doesnt happen on android. If your device cant handle the whole thing, you get none of it.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

wow.. this is a stupid patent. let em have it. I dont want the black bars to change colors to every god damn background that pops up while im watching the movie. Do you know how annoying that would be? Watch a high movement action/sports movie.. the background.. its black.. its green..its red.. its blue.. its black.. its orange..its black.. its white... ooh, an explosion, now its a fading orange to yellow... and its black.. and its green.. WTF.. hell no. Give me my black bars.

11. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

iknorite?

17. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

exactly what i was thinking.. good lord, apple is really losing it.. but i still think that it's a great patent company.. furk you apple!

27. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

It's like they're trying to emulate the HAWX (I think it's called that... Lights and fans and stuff) system for video games

14. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

im jus waitin on that LTE lawsuit from samsung

16. whencatsruletheworld

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

My Galaxy Nexus could play HD videos on full screen due to the 4.65" screen. These patents filed by Apple are really getting more and more stupid.

18. Awaragardiyan unregistered

They don't have any groundbreaking hardware technology to patent like nokia pureview , puremotion hd , samsung s pen etc. So they patent these things. Apple innovation. :-D :-D

22. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

The videos on both the Android phones I have had, Samsung Captivate and Motorola Droid Razr, has always stretch to fullscreen when i played them......

23. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Perhaps this is part of Apple's vision for TV that "...will transform how we watch TV..."? People who don't like the black bars on super widescreen movies may find this beneficial. Personally I prefer to watch movies in the aspect ratio the director intended me to see. I don't care if this "Feature" ends up in being put in some future device I own as long as it can easily be disabled.

25. ddeath

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

This concept is the same idea as Philips LED/LCD TV with Ambilight! Talk about copying ideas and patenting it! That more or less proves how silly is the patent offices in USA.

26. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Apple does a good job at hiding issues and problems from users.

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