Apple Patents Image Editing and Photo Booth For iOS

Remember this and this? – those were found in the first beta Apple released for iOS 4.3 just a few weeks ago.

Today, a patent recently filed by Apple at the U.S Patent and Trademarks Office has been uncovered by the guys over at PatentlyApple which all but confirms that Apple has future plans, (and is actively studying ways), to bring both native image editing and the Mac OS X Photo Booth camera effects lab to iOS.

Apple’s patent application generally relates to techniques for applying one or more image alteration effects to image data displayed on an electronic device. In certain disclosed embodiments, the application of such image alteration effects may be triggered based upon the detection of certain device operation events, which may include audio-related events, motion-related events, location-related events, or events relating the imaging properties.

The relationship between an image alteration effect and a corresponding triggering event(s) may be defined by a user. As will be appreciated, one or more aspects of the image alteration techniques described in this patent is configured via user preference settings, which may be part of a graphical user interface displayed on the electronic device.

There are a lot of conceptual workflow graphics displayed in our report that will provide you with a glimpse of what’s to come. It should be understood that Apple will provide us with a slick UI that they’re not obligated to disclose in this patent. Nonetheless, you’ll get a general idea of what to expect when Photo Booth or variant launches in the future.

Interestingly, the patent also goes onto describe how image manipulation could be performed via the shaking of a device.

Apple’s patent FIG. 12 illustrates how an image alteration may be triggered by a “shaking” motion. When you’ll shake a chosen image on your iPhone as shown below for given amount of time, you’ll be able to change the background color or change to another effect like the spiral (as noted in patent figure 19 above) or to a water reflection or even a zoom effect. The effects also apply to video, according to Apple’s patent. What other effects could debut will likely be introduced at the time of the apps release.

This makes a lot of sense, given that we’ve already been hearing rumors that iPad 2 will include a camera, maybe Apple plans not only to include support for FaceTime (HD?), but also Photo Booth.

While iOS 4.3 is unlikely to include such features, iOS 5.0, rumored for release this summer alongside iPhone 5, might just sport both.

[PatentlyApple via MacStories]