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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 themaster08 on 5/10/2014 8:09:08 AM , Rating: 2
Does that dispute his point that Apple had it before Google? No? Then why write such drivel?
No it doesn't dispute that particular point, but the point was that this not something original from Apple. Furthermore, why does it matter? Point scoring?

You obviously have no clue what PPI means and can't accept that Apple started the whole high resolution race on smartphones.
They started it by coining a marketing term, and almost immediately fell further and further behind in the so-called "race". So what if they started it? Why does that matter either? Because without Apple's contribution to society we would still be using 100PPI displays on our phones? These points are completely.... Pointless.

RE: Alright...everyone sing along with me...
By retrospooty on 5/10/2014 9:24:52 AM , Rating: 4
Exactly... Who gives a crap who did what first years ago. What matters is who is making the best products for your needs at the best price point today. Apple bought Siri years ago... Google now is immensely better. Apple was first with high res screens in phones... Now they are miles behind. Apple was first with a slick multitouch UI... Now they are years behind and the OS is just laughable compared to Android and WP and BB10 for that matter.

RE: Alright...everyone sing along with me...
By Solandri on 5/11/2014 2:33:20 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, I was using voice commands on Android for making calls, sending texts, composing emails, doing searches, and operating Maps navigation a half year before Siri came out. It couldn't do things like make appointments, but most of the functionality was already there. Google just never thought of anthropomorphizing it by having it talk back to you and giving it a snazzy name.

And I recall radio ads for a digital assistant called Wildfire in the 1990s. Ah, here we go. Note the date on the article.

By retrospooty on 5/11/2014 3:24:03 PM , Rating: 3
Yup... But ultimately, when you go to buy a phone what are you going to look at... Who made some features first many years ago, or who makes the feature set that closest matches what you want today? No question, you are going to go with what matches your needs and price point 1st...

Apple, Google, MS, Samsung, Moto, LG, Nokia, and many many other companies have all made contributions to the "whole package" of todays smartphones. It long past time we all STFU about who invented which feature. It's just tiresome and childish.

By Reclaimer77 on 5/12/2014 1:12:16 PM , Rating: 2
Apple bought Siri years ago... Google now is immensely better.

Cannot stress this enough. I mean wow, I had no idea how behind Sir was until I started using an iPhone for work. It's useless! I have to pull out my personal phone and use Google Now for like everything.

*Asks Siri to call someone or find something*

Siri responds with some snarky BS about that not being in my address book

No sh*t you retarded "personal assistant". Why in the hell would I be asking you to find me something if it was in my address book already? It's called the INTERNET, try using it for a change.

Or my personal favorite, I'm trying to get the phone number to a place and it tries to navigate me to it automatically. Umm, did I ask you for navigation? No! I asked you a name of a place, in a desperate hope that you would pull up some worthwhile information.

Android is just SO much better at Internet integration. Which should be no surprise, given that Google is so much better at that than everyone else. But seriously, Siri is basically WORTHLESS outside of getting whether reports, whooptie do.

Also it's vocal recognition sucks ass. I have to repeat myself way more than I ever had to with Google Now.

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