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Apple may bring socially distant selfies to iPhone


The Cupertino-based tech giant has been granted a patent that “covers a computing device that can generate a s…Read More

Social distancing is the order of the day and looks like is here to stay. All those selfies that people take with their friends in a group don’t look like will be a common sight on Instagram and Facebook. However, it appears that Apple may come up with a method to take socially distant selfies.
According to Patently Apple, the Cupertino-based tech giant has been granted a patent that “covers a computing device that can generate a synthetic group selfie.”
The patent further describes, “a synthetic group selfie can be an arrangement or composition of individual selfies obtained from a plurality of computing devices into a single group image…The individual selfie images can be still images, stored video images, or live streaming images.
In other words, a synthetic group selfie can be created with software enhancements and will be a composition of still images, stored video images, or live streaming video images. The device — in this can iPhone or iPad — would then “automatically arrange the individual selfies into the synthetic group selfie.”
A report by The Protocol suggests that it could work a bit like Group FaceTime, where a user could invite others to take selfies. The software would then “superimpose them in a different position behind the organiser.”
Do keep in mind that the patent was filed by Apple in 2018 so it’s not as if the current circumstances have prompted the company to come up with a “solution.” Having said that, it could be a valuable addition in these times when social distancing has to be maintained but people may still want to replicate the ideas of pre-coronavirus days. Since it’s still a patent, we cannot say whether the idea would actually convert into reality or not. But socially distant selfies may just be an idea that sooner or later becomes a reality.



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