“Apple improved facial recognition in iLife 2011’s iPhoto while adding new slideshow features and themes,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“It now appears that Apple is already working on the next round of improvements by adding more advanced facial recognition features to iPhoto for home slideshows or work presentations,” Purcher reports. “Interestingly, the patent shows us that this iPhoto feature is designed to work on iOS devices. Apple’s patent generally relates to facial detection with respect to digital images, and to using facial detection information associated with images in the automatic generation of a slideshow.”

Purcher reports, “Another Apple patent published today discusses a new handheld device latch that will make it easier to access batteries. Apple is mum as to which handheld device the latch is for. And lastly, there’s news of a third party developer working on a tripod for iPod and other iOS devices that could help us take steadier videos and photos.”

More in the full article, including Apple’s patent application illustrations and diagrams, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lava_Head_UK” for the heads up.]