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Ari Partinen was a key player on the Nokia PureView camera system

Yesterday we were all taken by surprise when it was announced that Apple is in talks to purchase Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion. The move would not only give Apple access to Beats’ lineup of popular headphones, but also its Beats Music streaming service which has garnered favorable reviews from critics (and users).
This week has also seen Apple departures including longtime PR chief Katie Cotton and Zane Row, VP of Sales for North America. Today we’re learning about an actual addition to the family instead of a subtraction. Apple hired Ari Partinen, who was formally the Lumia Photography Lead at Nokia and is listed as one of the inventors of the PureView camera system.

The 41-megapixel PureView camera on the Lumia 1020 is widely hailed as one of the best mobile camera solutions currently available.

Nokia Lumia 1020 with its 41MP PureView camera
The 8MP rear shooter on the iPhone 5s has also been regarded as an excellent smartphone-class camera, but there is always room for improvement.  And while the addition of Partinen to the Apple family means that we’re sure to see an uptick in iPhone camera quality down the road, his contributions won’t come soon enough to be featured on the iPhone 6.
Speaking of the iPhone 6, Reuters is reporting that Apple’s next generation flagship smartphone will arrive a month earlier than previously thought -- the 4.7” smartphone is now expected to arrive in stores this August. Apple is quickly ramping up production of the iPhone 6, and has plans to produce 80 million handsets via its partners before the end of the year.

4.7" iPhone 6 mockup
The 4.7” version of the iPhone 6 will be the first to hit store shelves, but it’s been widely reported that a larger, 5.5” version won’t be too far behind.

Sources: Engadget, Ari Partinen/Twitter, Reuters

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PureView Camera Inventor joins Apple
By HardwareDufus on 5/9/2014 4:54:07 PM , Rating: 2
This one surprised me.
Microsoft buys Nokia Devices and lets the inventor of the single most differentiating feature of the Nokia Phones go over to their competitor.

They paid Billions for Nokia Devices. They couldn't put together a renumeration package to keep the Former Head of the PureView Camera technology working for them?

By Granseth on 5/9/2014 5:07:36 PM , Rating: 2
I am also surprised by the one who is the supposed superior brand is the only one that doesn't sell software or components to the competition.

By retrospooty on 5/9/2014 5:07:39 PM , Rating: 1
its simple really. The hardware is just like software from a product philosophy standpoint.

MS and Google. We make software that everyone can use.
Apple. I make software for ME.

MS and Google. We make hardware that everyone can use.
Apple. I make hardware for ME.

By hpglow on 5/9/2014 5:13:18 PM , Rating: 2
Sometimes it isn't about money. You never know if there were some office polotics going around that he didn't want. Maybe he didn't want to work for MS.

I have never been paid what these guys get paid but I was a district manager for a company for 8 years. I quit when the owner told me he was putting his son in charge of me. The same person was caught skimming CC numbers of the corporate servers a year before. I told the owner his son was not qualified and is a theif and faxed in my two weeks. Sometimes it is just about cutting the crap.

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