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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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By WldAntc on 5/11/2014 11:58:40 PM , Rating: 2
Apple stopped "inventing" when Woz left...
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.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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