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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 danbob999 on 5/10/2014 4:47:51 PM , Rating: 2
You do realize that everybody had 800x480 (or 848x480) phones while Apple was still 480x320?
Apple only had the resolution lead for a short period with 960x640. They have been quickly outplaced with the release of 1280x720 phones and now 1920x1080.


By retrospooty on 5/10/2014 11:45:28 PM , Rating: 3
No he does not realize that. Apple trolls arent concered with facts, and they dont pay attention to any product that does things better than Apple. If you have 10 milestones and Apple was the first to hit one of those 10, that would be the single technical detail they know. it's beyond ridiculous listening to these inept jackasses.


By atechfan on 5/12/2014 8:53:20 AM , Rating: 2
But...but...but....RETINA!!


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