Apple Accused Of Copying Camera Technology For The iPhone 8 Plus

According to Corephotonics, the Cupertino brand infringe on four of its patents with the dual cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus. According to the complaint, Corephotonics reached out to Apple back when it was first starting up in an attempt to form a partnership.

It also continues to read that Apple had only good things to say about the technology of Corephotonics, but it didn't agree to license it, even going so far as to imply that it could infringe on the patents with "little consequences".

The iPhone X joins the iPhone 7 Plus and and 8 Plus in delivering Portrait mode features to the phones' rear cameras. Since Apple is selling the products with "knowledge of or willful blindness" of the patents it's allegedly infringing, the lawsuit claims that consumers who buy the iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus are infringing on the Corephotonics' telephoto lens assembly patent as well.

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. More interesting, however, is the accusation that Apple even boasted it could get away with it.

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An Apple spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment. It showed how images from both sensors could be combined for a more detailed picture, including an optical zoom up to 5x. It's now unclear which part of the camera infringes on the patents, as no details have been made public. Foxconn is one of Apple's many manufacturing partners, and MediaTek is reportedly being considered to be a chip supplier for Apple.

Corephotonics' other investors include Magma VC, Amiti Ventures, Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing and Solina Chau's Horizon Ventures, as well as flash storage maker SanDisk and Chinese telephone services provider CK Telecom.

KitGuru Says: Apple is no stranger to the court room at this point.

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