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Apple has actually succeeded a few patents today from the USPTO (through AppleInsider), and both are very functional improvements of tech that it’s easy to think of being integrated in upcoming variations of existing devices. One is a camera sensor imaging improvement that could make its way into both mobile and Mac product lines, and the other is a method to make hold even more satisfying for the individual doing the arranging a call.
The imaging patent explains a dual sensor camera system that can be integrated into iOS devices like the iPad and iPhone, in addition to into Mac computer systems, that’d utilize 2 sensors instead of one to capture synchronised imaging data and afterwards sew those together smartly, picking the very best of each and obscuring the various other sensor’s faults.
This would’ve the impact of covering bad or dead pixels on one sensor, recognizing blurred components or unusual exposure or lighting benefits and compensating with image information caught by the various other sensor. The patent explains a method for it to work with both still images and video, which is probably why it’s referred to as serving both for mobile gadgets and for Macs, where it can help improve video quality being fed to chat applications from the inbuilt FaceTime camera.
The hold call patent is possibly of more restricted utility, however it does offer a method for individuals to share their pictures and music with one another in a non-traditional means. When people are on hold, they ‘d exist with a selection of available data from the other celebration that they could search while waiting. Choices consist of images, songs, upcoming occasions, location, books, wait time, condition updates, videos or a recorded message, and an individual can personalize what kind of material gets shared, and where it gets sourced.
Access to hold material can be readjusted on a granular level, too, enabling you to opt to share some sorts of material only with family members for instance, while all callers have a much more constrained set of data to look into. Considering that it could potentially be something the hold party might really enjoy, there’s even a provision that’d let the individual who put you on hold show they prepare to come back on the line, giving you a chance to finish up.
It’s a little priceless, as use cases for this might be restricted (who even talks on the phone any longer, let alone puts anybody on hold?) but it’s also possibly an easy method for Apple to indirectly market even more of its iTunes material, and it’s an attribute that’d reveal well in demos and in marketing material. Likewise, it seems like it would be reasonably simple to implement.