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February 04, 2010


I'm concerned about privacy for the people who happen to be in abusive/controlling relationships and would be put in the uncomfortable position of having to say "no" to someone who won't accept that as an answer. Especially since this technology will most likely eventually be in all phones.

Sounds like the case for the iPad having widgets has become stronger.

I think that the location awareness aspects of the patent are likely to come to market sometime over the next 12-18 months (or sooner).

The video calling aspect of the patent, though in the works, is likely going to take 5G technology or equivalent to make it viable. That's easily 2-4 years away. I'd love it tomorrow too Mr. Abrook, as we all - but it's going to take a little more time than we'd like. Then again, you never know with Apple.


Thanks for the info Jack. Not having to wait until I'm back in the office or home to video conference will be great. Now if Verizon gets access to the iPhone this year I'm all over it.

Mr. R. Abrook, aka "inyaface" makes a point, but one that was answered in our patent report posted on January 5, 2010:


The introduction states" Equally important, in my view, is that this patent points to a new unique camera built into a future iPhone that will allow the user to rotate the position of the optical sensor within the iPhone's housing so that a single optical sensor could be used for both video conferencing and still and/or video image acquisition. Turn the camera out for pictures and turn the camera in for video conferencing. That may end up really being the magic to this patent."

I hope that answers your question Mr. Abrook. It's a great point that should have been addressed in the big picture. But, here it is for anyone else with that same question or thought.


How's the video conference going to work? Do you have to stand in front of a mirror with the camera facing you to be able to see the other person or is the phone going to have a second camera on the face like some Nokias?

Hmm, why would privacy complaints emerge?

You have to be talking to someone for this to even work and you have to "release" the info deliberately by pressing a specific button. You wouldn't give your private location info to just anyone, unless your nuts, and so - privacy doesn't seem to be an issue with this scheme that Apple is proposing.

Though in general, John, these technologies always start off innocently and then get twisted and hacked. And yes, some will always see Big Brother in everything. Ha!

Apple will spin it, and if they do a good enough job, it'll fly.

I can imagine the complaints about privacy emerging.

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