Apple may want to hide the FaceTime camera (and its flash) on future iPhones
posted by Florin T. / Aug 07, 2014, 10:40 AM
As you may know, the FaceTime camera of current iPhone models does not have a flash at all - but, as the patent application described above implies, future versions might include a flash. It looks like smartphone manufacturers are paying increased attention to front-facing cameras: HTC, Huawei and Sony have all released handsets that offer very capable sensors for your everyday selfies.
We don’t really expect the iPhone 6 (which should be announced this September) to have a hidden FaceTime camera, but models coming after it may benefit from this invention. What do you think, is this an idea that would make iPhones look better?
source: FPO via Apple Insider
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This is just useless. Sorry, that was the 1st thing that came up to my mind..
posted on Aug 07, 2014, 10:46 AM 9
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No that was the second thing, right after "Apple" come up in your mind.
posted on Aug 07, 2014, 11:27 AM 8
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Really.. calling it an invention.
posted on Aug 07, 2014, 10:46 AM 5
Dang must have missed the part where Apple said hiding the front camera was "invention"
posted on Aug 07, 2014, 11:04 AM 5
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Wouldn't that get in the way of the quality of images and the flash? They would have to do a lot of hard work to make the flash and camera work around that obstruction. On top of that, wouldn't it require the speaker grill to get bigger and uglier as well? I get that they want to make things really simple, but this might be a good waste of money for something people don't even notice now much less after.
posted on Aug 07, 2014, 10:48 AM 1
Why would Apple release an iPhone with horrible front camera quality? I think you're just trying to find something to complain about when all actuality the 6 will be nice and simple
posted on Aug 07, 2014, 11:05 AM 2
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I didn't say they would release a camera with horrible quality, I said it would just add problems for them in that regard. You fanboys need to calm down and not just jump to ridiculous conclusions at the drop of a hat.
posted on Aug 07, 2014, 12:34 PM 3
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Well he makes a really good point... It really was the first thing that came to my mind after reading the article... A speaker mesh would affect image quality... and I wonder how will apple go around that.... Nowhere he was saying that Apple will do a bad job implementing it... just saying that it would be harder, but that is the point when making a nicer look right?
posted on Aug 08, 2014, 6:38 AM 1
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and sony's patent last year planned to have a camera right behind the display itself.
posted on Aug 07, 2014, 10:53 AM 0
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Can already hear it..."new and exciting invention...did we mention it's new and exciting? Because it's really new and exciting. Oh look! So exciting" *pause for clapping*
posted on Aug 07, 2014, 11:26 AM 0
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Really?? I guess I shouldn't be surprised. It's Apple and they're so concerned with looks (who isn't) but I think they have more important things to be worried about like doing someone innovative for once.
posted on Aug 07, 2014, 11:47 AM 1
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I guess I can't argue with their choice, but I don't really see any added benefit. I guess they can argue that it will make for a cleaner front, but there's something to be said about seeing a well-designed front-camera that actually adds to the beauty of the phone. The HTC One M7, for example, has a great looking front-camera that, in my opinion, would take away from the design if it were hidden behind a grille.
posted on Aug 07, 2014, 11:56 AM 0
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