The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 80 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. One of the granted patents issued to Apple today covers Apple's invention for underwater photography editing tools that we reported on back in April 2015. Apple's invention relates to an image organizing and editing application that receives and edits image data of an underwater scene in a digital image in order to remove undesirable tints from objects in the scene. In some embodiments, colors near the color of the water itself are protected to leave the water looking blue. Removing undesirable tints without removing the tint of the water itself results in images with more realistic coloring of people and objects in the scene, without eliminating the color cues (e.g., blue water) that indicate that the image is a photograph of an underwater scene. For more details on granted patent 9,412,183, see our original report here.
Apple's granted patent was originally filed in Q4 2013 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
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