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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 retrospooty on 5/13/2014 8:12:02 AM , Rating: 2
"Huh? Where did you get this idea? Civilized nations have a patent system that rewards "who did it first. Makes sense, as the first usually spends a massive amount of time and money to invent or create the thing, while the me-too copycats can just sit back and watch. Google 'patent' and read up on it, I don't think you're familiar with the concept as it applies to the business world."

Yes captain obvious, we are all aware of the patent system, and you may have read a common theme going for the past several years on any tech forum anywhere on earth regarding the patent system... It's broken. It's broken from the ground up, especially with regards to software. And yes, all companies do copy. They blatantly copy and always have. They copy within and without the confines of the broken patent system and its OK. That is how the world works and always has. The only thing that stinks lately is the ridiculous patents being granted for trivial things and the hypocritical lawsuits

"The fact is that Apple did indeed invent the modern touch-screen consumer smart phone. They were the first."

No that is 2 separate "facts" and one is totally incorrect.

Apple did not "invent" the modern smartphone. They took existing tech like Palm and RIM had and licences the multitouch and created a click UI. They didn't "invent" it, they were first to market with it. If they "invented" it they would have patented it and no-one else would be allowed to make it. Look up the patent cases for Apple. They aren't suing for multitouch UI or anything like that. It's trivial items like "bounce animations" and the look and feel of an icon and rounded edges and slide to unlock animations. Funny when misunderstanding comments and calling something out, you should really do a bit of research to make sure what you are saying isnt completely uneducated. /fail

There is a system in place and Apple has been amply rewarded for their contributions with years of record profits. The broken system isnt helping anything but feed lawyers and the sue happy mentality that keeps them employed.


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