Apple partners are looking forward to revolutionary advancements in the camera for the iPhone 6, which is expected to be announced in the August to September time frame.
Apple filed a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a new technology called Optical Image Stabilization, leading to "Super-HD images," according to TechTimes.com.
The technology would create extremely high-resolution pictures and cancel out "motion blur" from shaking that occurs while holding a device.
"This is a patent of a feature that is rumored to be on the iPhone 6,” said Raul De Arriz, national government sales manager for Small Dog Electronics, Waitsfield, Vt., one of the top Apple specialists in the country. "They are pushing the envelope with this patent, and it's a good patent to have. In terms of the camera stabilization chip, I suspect everyone will try to copy this technology after the iPhone 6 starts shipping."
The report of the patent came just as news broke that Apple has hired Ari Partinen, a key figure in making the Nokia Lumia one of the top camera phones on the market.
"Today will be my last day working for the amazing #Lumia family," Partinen tweeted. "In June, I will start a new chapter in Cupertino, California. Much love!"
Partinen, known as "the camera expert" in the hallways of Nokia, confirmed in a later tweet that the "new chapter in Cupertino, California" is indeed a job at Apple.
"He's a good addition to Apple's team, and it improves the camera team a lot," said De Arriz. "They are expected to deliver the best photography solution on a phone yet. Apple will have the brains behind both the hardware and the software to work together to make the next best camera, a camera that is better than any other product on the market."
Separately, the Financial Times reported last night that Apple is close to acquiring Beats Electronics, makers of the popular Beats by Dr. Dre line, for $3.2 billion, which would be Apple's largest acquisition to date. The deal would give Apple the Beats Electronics audio hardware business, as well as the Beats Music streaming service that launched earlier this year. The potential deal comes at a time when the popularity in Apple's iTunes music store is fading with the rise in popularity of streaming music service companies such as Spotify and Pandora.
De Arriz sees Apple incorporating the Beats Music streaming service with iTunes "very quickly after" the acquisition, assuming that it takes place, bringing a rejuvenating feature to the colossal music application that headlines Apple's mobile app store.
"We will see the iPhone 6 this fall," De Arriz said. "They are improving their camera team. They are adding music streaming, and they are adding a series of hardware products that are high-end and popular. After waiting for all the cars to be connected, it finally looks like the train is starting to take off from the station. We can expect good things from Apple this year."
Apple did not respond to requests for comment on the potential Beats Electronics acquisition or potential camera advancements in the iPhone 6.
Apple CEO Tim Cook promised "great things" are on the way from Apple during his first-quarter earnings webcast. In addition to the upcoming release of iOS 8, the iPhone could possibly include innovative high-end camera technology and Beats Electronics audio hardware and streaming software.
PUBLISHED MAY 9, 2014