Apple receives a patent for a mountable sports camera

Apple receives a patent for a mountable sports camera
Three years after filing the application with the USPTO, Apple has received a patent for its mountable sports camera. And at the same time, Apple was able to knock the leading phone in the sector at the time it filed. Apple called GoPro’s HD Hero2 "susceptible to damage," adding that the camera generated "excessive wind resistance." That model has since been replaced by the Hero3, Hero3+ and the current Hero4.

The fear that Apple would take over the action camera industry like it did with smartphones back in 2007, led GoPro investors to dump the stock. GoPro shares plunged over 12% in Nasdaq trading on Tuesday.

The Apple camera would be remotely controlled by a smartwatch and the application included a Kodak patent purchased by Apple in 2013. The device would be able to attach to sports equipment and even film pictures and sounds while underwater.

The timing of the patent application is interesting because the inclusion of smartwatch support back in 2012 certainly predates last September's introduction of the Apple Watch. Whether Apple will actually produce this camera is a big unknown at this point. The company routinely has patents issued for products that are never offered to consumers. GoPro stockholders are hoping that this is one of those cases.

source: USPTO via CNN, GSMArena



1. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

God here we go again. Apple gettin patents on already excisting stuff. Im so glad i dont live in that country with those patent laws.

3. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Yep, next thing we know, Apple will be suing GoPro and there will be iCameras everywhere instead of GoPros. Slap an Apple logo on it = instant success...

9. engineer-1701d unregistered

gopro isn't the only sports camera what about the best one sonys thats strapped to the back of a eagle flying from top of eiffel tower to owner sound and video hd its all over youtube

2. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Dat smart watch..

4. dTone

Posts: 69; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

Is fugly

5. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

How many other things have we seen Apple get patents for and have yet to actually see a device? I don't really know how many, but I know that there has been at least a few.

12. dimas

Posts: 3375; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

It should be working prototype first before patent. The essence of patenting to protect inventors is clearly being exploited and diminished.

15. TBomb

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

And now God forbid if someone else tried to make a mountable sports camera.... "Well your Honor, if you look closely, our mountable sports camera uses the innovative technology that we dubbed an AppleLens. It's a normal lens... but our competitors camera also uses so called "lens"... We want 7 billion dollars. please and thank you."

6. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014 can they get a patent for this? Seriously? how? Geeze come on.

7. mixedfish

Posts: 1557; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

In other news, Apple sues Ericsson because "LTE wireless technology patents are not essential to industry cellular standards". Truly a shining light, when it comes to making sense of patents /s

11. dimas

Posts: 3375; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

The patent troll is suing a real technology innovator? Now that's something.

16. TBomb

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Im confused... who's suing who? It says "Apple Inc sued Ericsson" Then it says "If Ericsson's patents are deemed essential and the court rules Apple has infringed on them" pointing to Ericsson suing Apple...

8. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

GoPro is an empire an it would be sad to see them fall behind or something. On the camera side of things, I think we all know how superior Apple's image processing technology is. It just makes me wonder how mindblowingly good that action camera will be, but then again some patents don't really go past being patents

10. dimas

Posts: 3375; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I think Go Pro and other sports camera companies should do something on these patent trolling. It reminds of Thomas Edison story where he steal his inventors' ideas then rush to patenting office to make sure he'll get all the money and credits. We don't know but Trapple might already started patenting ballpen cameras and kitchenboard with clocks.

13. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

GoPro is hooped. Thanks Apple, what a pos company for the people.

14. Cabeção

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

iPro is comming! With less image quality and resolution, needs iTunes and credit card to use. Less functions too and deny share. Three versions: 8gb, 16gb and 32gb, no SDCARD. Will cost 2x and iSheeps will sleep in the queue to get one.

17. linaresx

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

Apparently Steve Jobs had the idea for the universe before it was banged so his company is entitled to everything that came after.

18. material

Posts: 80; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

This Looks easy . I will patent a Time Machine. Fancy boxes with fancy words and arrows and some meaningless UI. When some body makes it , I will sue them. I am set for life Huahahaha.

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