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Apple patented a camera remote control with notifications and photo editing

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Apple patented a camera remote control with notifications and photo editing

Apple has filed a patent application for a camera remote control. The possible product looks unexpectedly basic for something designed in Cupertino, but it has powerful functionality. What we have at a glance is a little rectangle with a touch-screen display, playback buttons, power buttons, and four additional hardware keys that connects to the iPhone via Bluetooth. 

The remote offers full camera control - changing modes, shutter speeds and frame rates, turning activation on or off, and the like. Also, the device touts a notification system that lets it show the iPhone or iPad camera's status via its display and lights - for example, whether the camera just took a picture, is still recording, is on or off, and vice versa. In addition, users will be able to replay photos and videos, and remotely edit images directly on the remote's display.

It is not yet known when, and if this accessory will appear on the market. The patent was filed back in 2009.

Speaking of Apple cameras, the upcoming iPhone 6 will reportedly feature optical image stabilization from InvenSense. The same company has supplied up to 157 million component units to Samsung for its Galaxy smartphones. Other reports indicate an 8MP Sony sensor and 6p sapphire lenses.

Apple patented a camera remote control with notifications and photo editing

source: USPTA via AppleInsider

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posted on 18 Mar 2014, 07:17 2

1. D.Aceveda (Posts: 396; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

So they're getting a patent for something Oppo is already doing.


posted on 18 Mar 2014, 07:19 2

3. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

I don't think it's the same thing at all. It's more advance and I think it'll probably be a function shows up on the iWatch (or whatever they call it).

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 12:01

9. JC557 (Posts: 1789; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

Along with those in the action camera market, namely GoPro, Drift and Sony.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 07:17

2. Finalflash (Posts: 3495; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Hmmmm, yes, this should definitely help the selfie crowd...maybe even cause the creation of selfie movie.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 09:05

7. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

A series called selfie is actually coming to abc I kinda missed the date part though

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 07:43

4. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

So if your holding the remote.. Who's holding the phone?
This seems useless, idk.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 08:21

5. Sauce (unregistered)

I don't think this would be for consumers, I think this remote would be for Apple themselves, with all those commercials they make using their products lately (5s).

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 08:37

6. linaresx (Posts: 101; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)

I already use WirelessMobileUtility by Nikon to do this. If I have to carry 2 gadgets anyway, then I might as well use a real camera.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 09:34

8. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Cameras have been remotely controlled for ages and ANYONE should be able to do this ANY industry including mobile phones. Why is Apple getting away with patenting everything? This needs to stop.

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