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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 Keeir on 5/12/2014 2:30:21 PM , Rating: 1
I'm disapointed Solandri.

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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