Apple constantly invents and reinvents, files patents and attempts to weave its advances into new generations of device to amuse and amaze the Apple faithful, today in AAPL Patent watch we present you with a new technology which could spearhead Apple’s move to take a big slice out of the digital photography market and another which basically just makes iPod nanos even more nano.

Patently Apple tells us about the next wave of digital camera technologies, tiny Apple-invented camera unit with an advanced flash system and amazing built-in intelligent features which can make the system incredibly effective in so many different situations.

Think scene detectors, flash redirectors and more. This also means you’ll be able to choose telephoto settings, wide-angle settings and detail shots. These technologies could also end up inside your Macs, the patent explains. The great thing is that as well as being extremely advanced they are also extremely frugal in terms of power.

Does this mean the future of FaceTime is almost professional quality video conversations between users on many devices, I wonder?

The second report tells us Apple is working on a new Audio Jack using pogo pins to provide conductive contacts in an effort to meet the needs of ever shrinking devices.

See, Apple’s quest for minituarization demands the device become ever more discreet. And these days the company can foresee the size of the audio jack is beginnig to dictate the size of the device. So, in essence the new patent means the future of the iPod nano is, well, a whole heap more nano (or less).

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