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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 Solandri on 5/11/2014 2:17:44 PM , Rating: 1
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".

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