Apple sued by Israeli company for alleged infringement of its dual lens camera technology
COREPHOTONICS CLAIMS IT HOLDS FOUR PATENTS FOR THE DUAL LENS CAMERA TECHNOLOGY USED BY APPLE IN IPHONE 7 PLUS AND IPHONE 8 PLUS.
Just when Apple would have settled down to celebrate its court victory over arch rival Samsung by being awarded a $120 million on patent rights infringement, the Cupertino tech giant itself has been slapped with a patent infringement case. This time the entity suing Apple is an Israeli company Corephotonics, which claims it holds four patents for the dual lens camera setup technology that Apple has used in its iPhone models iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus.
The startup details in the lawsuit how it was already in dialogue with Apple for using their patented technology and how it went sour. It is claimed in the lawsuit that Apple openly challenged them to go to court and that they are prepared for it.
Corephotonics was founded in 2012 by Dr. David Medlovic and has four patents registered in the relevant technology space between 2012 and 2015. These include two separate patents on ‘mini telephoto lens assembly’, one relating to ‘dual aperture zoom digital cameras’ and the last one covering ‘high resolution thin multi-aperture imaging systems’. Corephotonics has connected the description in its patent to the camera setup that Apple has used on iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus smartphones to drive home the point in its lawsuit that this is indeed an infringement of its technology patents.
Interestingly, Corephotonics has not spared the buyers and users of these two iPhone models also in its lawsuit. The premise here is that the customers who buy the devices are in the know of the patents being held by the Israeli company and Apple is in infringement of the same and therefore they are also liable to be covered as respondents in their lawsuit.
However, since the lawsuit was filed before the physical launch of Apple’s iPhone X, it is not figuring in this lawsuit. iPhone X also sports the same dual lens setup in the rear as the other two phones.
Apple has so far not reacted to the development.
Apple partners with LG Display to reportedly work on a foldable iPhone, production could start from 2020: Report
As Samsung plans to launch a bendable smartphone "Galaxy X" in 2018, Apple has reportedly begun work on a foldable iPhone with LG Display.
According to a report in the Korean website The Investor, Apple has decided to go with LG and not Samsung (Samsung OLED displays are the best in the industry) owing to the fear that specifications could be leaked as Samsung is its arch-rival.
"According to The Bell, LG Display recently created a task force to develop a foldable OLED screen for the new iPhone model," the report said on Thursday.
The foldable iPhone panel production could start from 2020. LG has reportedly completed its own foldable OLED panel prototype and has been upgrading the durability and the yield rate.
The company recently started its first OLED production for phones at its E5 plant in Gumi, North Gyeongsang Province.
Apple is also considering investing in LG to speed up OLED production. Meanwhile, Samsung is exclusively supplying panels for the latest iPhone X, the first OLED iPhone.
"Amid Samsung's near monopoly in mobile OLED production, Apple has been strengthening its partnership with LG Display, its long-time LCD partner," the report added.
In 2017, Samsung will hold approximately 89 percent of the AMOLED (active matrix OLED) display panel market, analysts at UBI Research said recently.
Currently, some smartphones that feature OLED screens are iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, OnePlus 5, LG V30, and Vivo X9s.
The Samsung "Galaxy X" is likely to make an appearance during the CES consumer technology show in January.
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Apple's Chief Design Officer Says It Took 5 Years Of Failure To Get The iPhone X Right
During an on stage interview at the New Yorker TechFest on Friday, Ive said the new button-less design was a process filled with failures and setbacks. “I mean, the phone we just announced a couple of weeks ago, the iPhone X, that technology is something we'd been working on for five years. And we had prototypes,” Ive said, talking about the iPhone X with its full-panel display and FaceID unlock.
“There's a tendency, and of course there is, and I understand it, with the benefit of hindsight, all of it seems inevitable,” Ive said. “But for 99 percent of the time, it didn’t work for us. For the vast majority of the development cycle, all we had were things that failed. By definition, if they didn't fail halfway through, then we’d be done.”
During the interview, Ive was even asked what kind of new technology he dreams about. Ive, however, refused to directly answer the question, likely for fear of giving away plans for future iPhones. He did mention that it’s because of the size and efficiency of current day silicon that his design team can dream big with what they want to do with the iPhone. “Some of the allowances, some of the opportunities are extraordinary,” he said.
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