The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent that relates to their original iPhone camera that has become a crucial component driving the success of Apple's iDevices. Although the patent leaves the door wide open for a standalone camera, there seems to be no benefit for such a product in this day and age.
Apple Granted Patent for a Standalone Camera
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention relating to a standalone camera and/or a camera integrated into a PDA. The original filing goes back to 2008 and so it's likely that this was the original camera patent relating to Apple's iPhone.
Apple's first patent claim states: "An electronic device, comprising: a lens within an opening in a body of the electronic device, wherein the lens directs light onto a recording medium within the electronic device; and one or more acoustic ports in the body of the electronic device arranged around the opening for the lens, wherein the one or more acoustic ports form part of the opening for the lens."
As shown in Apple's patent FIG. 5 below, the camera includes a camera body 502 and a lens 504. Camera body may also correspond to the body of a portable media device, such as a mobile phone, PDA, audio and/or video player, and/or computer.
In one or more embodiments of the invention, lens captures and focuses light from the camera's surroundings onto a recording medium (e.g., film, electronic sensor, etc.) within camera body. In addition, the lens may also be positioned within an opening in camera body.
For more details and patent figures, see our 2009 report on Apple's granted patent. Apple credits Michael Rosenblatt, Michael Lee and Justin Gregg as the inventors of granted patent 8,804,947.
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