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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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RE: Alright...everyone sing along with me...
By dudeman44 on 5/9/2014 5:13:39 PM , Rating: 0
you poor misguided droidites! You want proof as to who copied who? Have you ever seen what Android looked like just prior to the release of the first iPhone, and then shortly after? Here you go: http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/04/14/exclusiv...


RE: Alright...everyone sing along with me...
By retrospooty on 5/9/2014 5:23:51 PM , Rating: 2
Yes dude... All companies copy the successful ideas of other companies. That is how business works. It's not who did it first many years ago, its who does it best today at the best price point that wins the business.

I was not saying Apple wasnt copied I was just adding that they do it too, as much even more than anyone. As far as copying everyone copies. If not , there would be only one car company because every other car is a copy. There would be only one Television because every other one is a copy.

You people that think Apple invented the modern smartphone and therefore have some sort of a right to corner the market are the dumbest bunch of techtards I have ever seen. Get some perspective.


RE: Alright...everyone sing along with me...
By dudeman44 on 5/9/14, Rating: 0
By retrospooty on 5/9/2014 6:13:00 PM , Rating: 4
"Evidently you don't subscribe to the idea of patents. Companies that invest millions in R&D shouldn't have companies like Samsung just rip it off for free. "

I subscribe to the idea that the patent system is completely broken especially when it comes to software. Most of what Apple patented shouldn't have been granted and is trivial.

"when it comes to major game changing tech, Apple's paving that highway"

ROFLMAO!!!! WHAT!

OK, nevermind. It's clear now you are either a total troll, completely ignorant or just plain insane. That was a great laugh to end my work week though. Thanks for that.


By ritualm on 5/9/2014 10:15:17 PM , Rating: 2
dudeman44, you're doing everything completely wrong. Using any article from tuaw, bgr and appleinsider as your proof is the fastest way to get sh!tfaced. Want to argue? Then use the same sources Android folks use - and turn the evidence against themselves.

You can't destroy arguments from the outside, you have to work from within. Remember: Julius Caesar repeatedly defeated death in battle, only to die within the friendly walls of Rome.


By WldAntc on 5/11/2014 11:58:40 PM , Rating: 2
Apple stopped "inventing" when Woz left...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFeC25BM9E0
A dated video but things have not changed.

While you may feel that Apple is the Independent Owner and Master Chef at your local Asian/Spanish/Indian/Etc Fusion restaurant. Who is consistently paving the way with innovative new dishes, years ahead of everyone else... that's far from reality.

The truest analogy would be to call them the Menu Designer, as they primarily make the interface between consumer and cook. Apple decides what is trending, presents these limited items to the consumers in magical formats and gets the actual chefs to invent the dish.

Apple purchases the various components that make their products from Foxconn, ARM, Samsung, Sony etc.
Retina Display, Multitouch, A6, iSight and just about EVRYTHING else was purchased from another manufacturer or acquired by purchasing a company that actually invented the tech.

Apple WAS incredibly inventive when they first created the iOS software... that has nearly stagnated.
Apple IS incredibly inventive with patent litigation on prior-art, the NON-nonobvious and making an application as vague and general as possible... that is the highway they are paving.

If your magical Apple opinion is entirely based on software they invented or the FASHION by which they assemble other companies components... you are entitled to that opinion.
If however, it is based on hardware or patents... it is invalid.


RE: Alright...everyone sing along with me...
By Keeir on 5/9/2014 7:05:07 PM , Rating: 1
Hmmm..

You seemed pretty perjorative that Apple might have copied someone else, yet when its pointed out that Apple did indeed set the ball rolling on touchscreen smartphones that essentially every major manufacturing and phone OS is now designed around you become very defensive.

The truth is, when the iPhone first came to market, it was significantly ahead, conceptually, of how all previous major players in the market viewed how to produce and market a smartphone/OS. Since then Apple, Microsoft, HTC, Samsung, Google, etc have all copied back and forth the implementation of this original concept. The copied of the concept is far "worse"/serious then coping a small peice of the implementation of a concept. As a side note, this is why no one feels there is significant "true" new features added. The base concept of a smartphone has remained the same since 2007 with very little alteration. Not surprizing. The base concept of a car has essentially remained unchanged close to a 100 years now. It is possible that the concept of a smartphone will remain unchanged for a similiar length of time.


By retrospooty on 5/9/2014 7:52:21 PM , Rating: 2
"The truth is, when the iPhone first came to market, it was significantly ahead, conceptually, of how all previous major players in the market viewed how to produce and market a smartphone/OS. Since then Apple, Microsoft, HTC, Samsung, Google, etc have all copied back and forth the implementation of this original concept"

Totally agreed. But it doesnt give them sole access to the entire market. I am not against companies copying each other, that is how the earth has always worked ... its the hypocracy that smells.


RE: Alright...everyone sing along with me...
By Solandri on 5/11/2014 2:17:44 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
You seemed pretty perjorative that Apple might have copied someone else, yet when its pointed out that Apple did indeed set the ball rolling on touchscreen smartphones that essentially every major manufacturing and phone OS is now designed around you become very defensive.

Actually, the LG Prada beat the iPhone as the first predominantly touchscreen interface phone by a month. It just wasn't as big a commercial success as the iPhone was, so it's mostly forgotten leading to a lot of the general public thinking the iPhone was first. It wasn't. Just because the first time you saw something was on an Apple product doesn't mean Apple invented it.

The fact that others were working on it indicates it was an evolutionary improvement to smartphone design, not a revolutionary one. Where I would give Apple kudos is in taking the risk of putting the unproven technology on their only phone, bringing (copying) dynamic spell correction and gestures like pinch to zoom to the platform, and introducing the concept of an App ecosystem as a method to put software on the platform (before you had to download on your PC, and copy it over to the phone via USB).


By ihateu3 on 5/12/2014 12:37:01 AM , Rating: 2
And let's also not foget about an HTC product that ALSO beat the iphone to market by almost a month, the "HTC touch".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Htc_touch


RE: Alright...everyone sing along with me...
By Argon18 on 5/12/2014 11:47:53 AM , Rating: 2
"Yes dude... All companies copy the successful ideas of other companies. That is how business works. It's not who did it first many years ago, its who does it best today at the best price point that wins the business."

Huh? Where did you get this idea? Civilized nations have a patent system that rewards "who did it first". Makes sense, as the first usually spends a massive amount of time and money to invent or create the thing, while the me-too copycats can just sit back and watch. Google 'patent' and read up on it, I don't think you're familiar with the concept as it applies to the business world.

"As far as copying everyone copies. If not , there would be only one car company because every other car is a copy. There would be only one Television because every other one is a copy."

Ok now you've convinced me; you really really don't have a clue what the patent system is or what it means. Zero clue. Your television and car analogy is literally the most idiotic comment I've ever read on DT regarding patents. Bravo!

"You people that think Apple invented the modern smartphone and therefore have some sort of a right to corner the market are the dumbest bunch of techtards I have ever seen. Get some perspective."

So who did invent it then? Hmm? Wintards like to throw this argument out without actually answering the question. The fact is that Apple did indeed invent the modern touch-screen consumer smart phone. They were the first.

There were business oriented smart phones that came earlier, Palm, Symbian, BlackBerry, but those were all business oriented. No 14 year old girls were begging their parents to buy them a BlackBerry for Christmas.

I don't even like Apple products, but I've been around long enough to see that nobody had a touch screen smart phone with an App Store ecosystem before the iPhone.


By retrospooty on 5/13/2014 8:12:02 AM , Rating: 2
"Huh? Where did you get this idea? Civilized nations have a patent system that rewards "who did it first. Makes sense, as the first usually spends a massive amount of time and money to invent or create the thing, while the me-too copycats can just sit back and watch. Google 'patent' and read up on it, I don't think you're familiar with the concept as it applies to the business world."

Yes captain obvious, we are all aware of the patent system, and you may have read a common theme going for the past several years on any tech forum anywhere on earth regarding the patent system... It's broken. It's broken from the ground up, especially with regards to software. And yes, all companies do copy. They blatantly copy and always have. They copy within and without the confines of the broken patent system and its OK. That is how the world works and always has. The only thing that stinks lately is the ridiculous patents being granted for trivial things and the hypocritical lawsuits

"The fact is that Apple did indeed invent the modern touch-screen consumer smart phone. They were the first."

No that is 2 separate "facts" and one is totally incorrect.

Apple did not "invent" the modern smartphone. They took existing tech like Palm and RIM had and licences the multitouch and created a click UI. They didn't "invent" it, they were first to market with it. If they "invented" it they would have patented it and no-one else would be allowed to make it. Look up the patent cases for Apple. They aren't suing for multitouch UI or anything like that. It's trivial items like "bounce animations" and the look and feel of an icon and rounded edges and slide to unlock animations. Funny when misunderstanding comments and calling something out, you should really do a bit of research to make sure what you are saying isnt completely uneducated. /fail

There is a system in place and Apple has been amply rewarded for their contributions with years of record profits. The broken system isnt helping anything but feed lawyers and the sue happy mentality that keeps them employed.


RE: Alright...everyone sing along with me...
By Solandri on 5/11/2014 12:56:43 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Have you ever seen what Android looked like just prior to the release of the first iPhone, and then shortly after? Here you go:

Yes, if you blatantly ignore anything which contradicts the conclusion you want people to draw, of course it looks like Apple was "leading".

Truth is, the iPhone wasn't even the first purely touchscreen (sans keyboard/keypad) phone. That honor went to the LG Prada announced and demoed to the public a month before the iPhone.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LG_Prada

And Samsung's internal documents which the court squelched on a technicality (they missed a filing deadline) shows pretty clearly that they had iPhone-like designs in the works before the iPhone ever saw the light of day.
http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2012...

When evaluating evidence before reaching a conclusion, it's important to evaluate all the evidence that's out there. Not just evidence which supports a predetermined conclusion the creator of the graphic you posted wanted people to reach. Remember, disproving a hypothesis merely takes a single contradictory example, which the LG Prada more that does. Smartphones were well on their way to becoming "iPhone-like" before the iPhone ever showed up.


RE: Alright...everyone sing along with me...
By Keeir on 5/12/2014 2:30:21 PM , Rating: 1
I'm disapointed Solandri.

quote:
Remember, disproving a hypothesis merely takes a single contradictory example, which the LG Prada more that does. Smartphones were well on their way to becoming "iPhone-like" before the iPhone ever showed up.


The "product" innovation of the iPhone wasn't a "touch screen". It was the total package of hardware and OS designed specifically around touch as the only input and for a phone that wasn't just a phone, but a total multimedia product/computer aimed at the common consumer. (For example, the interal memory on a Prada was 8 MB shared with the OS. You had to go and purchase a Flash Card and know how to use the Phone's OS to access it)

There is a reason that LG Prada and HTC Touch didn't sell (as) well. They were laughably out of date compared to the iPhone from an OS standpoint. The Prada while sharing alot of the same designs as an iPhone was really nothing more than a typical phone with a touch screen as a gimic. The HTC Touch was a PDA that could make phone calls.

It took Google writing a OS from "scratch" specifically designed around touch interface and a multimedia phone to challenge Apple's dominance in the field. (Not to mention Google almost giving it away for free)

Now, I agree that many of Apple's patents and lawsuits there-in are frivolous and misguided. But the patent system was designed to allow companies to have a reasonable time period as a monopoly to encourage invention and investment. Since software is very "flexible", it is difficult to patent the appropriate invention for the iPhone. I understand why (from Apple's standpoint) Apple decided to try their luck with the patents as they were written. It just shows how much software and electronics need thier own patent system. (Maybe more protection over a shorter time frame?)


By retrospooty on 5/12/2014 3:27:48 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, Apple was the 1st to market with the slick multitouch UI. Now lets all get over it and stop acting like Apple invented the modern smartphone. They didn't. They advanced one thing and are one of many many companies who's ideas are used in modern smartphones. Today, in 2014 the OS is laughably dated and is missing tons of useful features that other OS's provide.


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