Apple applies for advanced iPad, iPhone camera patents

Ashleigh Allsopp
2 October, 2012
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Apple has filed applications for seven patents that relate to advanced camera features that could be introduced in future iOS devices.

Patently Apple reports that Apple’s new patent applications detail advanced red-eye technology and gesture techniques that could be used to improve the camera in future iPhones and iPads.

Apple’s Gesture Based Configuration of Image Processing Techniques patent abstract describes “apparatuses, methods, and computer readable medium for mapping particular user interactions, e.g., gestures, to the input parameters of various images filters, while simultaneously setting auto exposure, auto focus, auto white balance, and/or other image processing technique input parameters based on the appropriate underlying image sensor data in a way that provides a seamless, dynamic, and intuitive experience for both the user and the client application software developer.”

For example, a user could add a blur filter to a photo by tapping the point of the image that should remain in focus while the rest of the photo is blurred.

The second of Apple’s patent applications describes ‘Assisted Image Capture,’ which covers “systems, methods, and computer readable medium for assisting the user of a digital image capture device to take a well composed image.”

Apple introduces a ‘badging’ feature in this patent filing, which would display a visual cue to the user when the photograph is well composed.

A further five patents relate to red-eye removal in photographs. As well as advanced red-eye removal built into a device’s camera, Apple also covers a method in which users use a touch gesture to correct red-eye in a photograph.

Meanwhile, Apple’s attempt to trademark its orange Music icon has been rejected, due to a similar icon used by MySpace that could cause “confusion.”

Despite Apple’s argument that no one has ever confused the two icons, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board said: “In view of the facts that the marks are similar, the good and services are relates and are encountered by the same classes of consumers, we find that the applicant’s double musical note and design for “computer software” is likely to cause confusion with the registered mark compromising a double music note and design […] for listening to MP3’s and for sharing MPS’s and music playlists with others,” reports Gigaom.

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