According to Macsimum News, Apple was awarded a ‘reissue patent number “RE38,896” for “Apparatus and method for rotating the display orientation of a captured image.” This Reissue Patent makes clear reference to Apple’s QuickTake digital camera that was discontinued in 1997.”
So what does this all mean? The running theory is that Apple is planning on getting back into the digital camera business in 2006 – maybe even as early as MacWorld in January.
No matter how you look at it, the evidence is certainly piling up. On October 19th Apple launched Aperture which is described as “the first all-in-one post production tool that provides everything photographers need after the shoot. Aperture offers an advanced and incredibly fast RAW workflow that makes working with a camera’s RAW images as easy as JPEG. Built from the ground up for pros, Aperture features powerful compare and select tools, nondestructive image processing, color managed printing and custom web and book publishing.”
There is also news that Apple signed a contract “to use the powerful video, image and music chips by Alphamosaic (now a part of Broadcom.)”
Whether there is any truth to these rumors remains to be seen. However, it does seem like a plausable move for a company on the top of their game. Perhaps they are thinking that they can do for digital cameras what they did for digital music.
Posted by Sean