Apple patents iPhoto face recognition for iOS

“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.]


  1. :~) it couldn’t last forever.

    In America, the first patents for inventions were issued in 1641 by the colonial governments. The first U.S. patent laws were enacted by Congress in 1790 under the authority of Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution. The Patent Act of 1790 was administered by a commission composed of the secretary of state, the secretary of war, and the attorney general of the U.S. The basis of the present patent system is the act of July 4, 1836. Many legislative enactment’s have modified the original patent law. The most important of these is the act of July 8, 1870, and the subsequent act of July 19, 1952, which revised and codified the patent laws and which, with amendments, constitute the patent law in force at the present time. In 1849 the Patent Office became a part of the Department of the Interior; it was transferred by executive order of the president to the Department of Commerce in 1925. On January 2, 1975, the name was changed to Patent and Trademark Office.

    1952, Dwight David Eisenhower, the vast military industrial complex is in a major expansion phase, coincidence?

    I think not.

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