More Mentions Of Video Recording, Video Conferencing In Apple’s ‘iPhone Patent’

Back when the application for Apple’s patent number 7,479,949, (a.k.a. “The iPhone Patent” which covers the bulk of Apple’s intellectual property relating to the iPhone) was first published by the U.S. Patent Office, a few features were found not yet present in the iPhone, most notably video recording and video conferencing. Information Week’s Alexander Wolfe has taken a second look and dug up a few more details about the possibility.

Video recording is the first to get mentioned:

“The device supports a variety of applications, such as one or more of the following: a telephone application, a video conferencing application, an e-mail application, an instant messaging application, a blogging application, a photo management application, a digital camera application, a digital video camera application, a Web browsing application, a digital music player application, and/or a digital video player application.”

It even mentions video conferencing, albeit buried under a list of other features:

“In some embodiments, the functions may include telephoning, video conferencing, e-mailing, instant messaging, blogging, digital photographing, digital videoing, Web browsing, digital music playing, and/or digital video playing. Instructions for performing these functions may be included in a computer-readable storage medium or other computer program product configured for execution by one or more processors.”

Later on, it mentions various “embodiments”, one of which includes a forward-facing lens, the function of which includes video conferencing:

“In some embodiments, an optical sensor is located on the back of the device, opposite the touch screen display on the front of the device, so that the touch screen display may be used as a viewfinder for either still and/or video image acquisition. In some embodiments, an optical sensor is located on the front of the device so that the user’s image may be obtained for videoconferencing while the user views the other video conference participants on the touch screen display. In some embodiments, the position of the optical sensor can be changed by the user (e.g., by rotating the lens and the sensor in the device housing) so that a single optical sensor may be used along with the touch screen display for both video conferencing and still and/or video image acquisition.”

So far that’s 2 mentions each of video recording and video conferencing. There’s no way to know what in this patent Apple plans to implement down the road, but from this it’s apparent that they have considered it.

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