Casual reporting, like amateur blogging, is becoming very popular thanks to the Internet. Now, a new patent suggests Apple is about to make the job of an iReporter much easier, according to Patently Apple.
So-called iReporters are those that provide news to professional organizations such as CNN and FOX, simply by emailing video taken by an smartphone. In fact, according to a March 2011 survey, there are 750,000 registered iReporters for CNN.com alone.
With citizen journalism growing in popularity, Apple has filed a patent for a service specifically geared towards these individuals.
Apple’s invention focuses on two features, simply referred to as “report” and “interview” modes.
The new features creatively utilize multiplex video streaming techniques whereby dual cameras on the iPhone could automatically switch back and forth between interviewer and interviewee seamlessly for a live report. While Apple may be working on future iPhone features catering to iReporters, I think that their initial features will definitely capture the imaginations of iReporters everywhere.
This tool, if implemented by Apple, would definitely make citizen journalism more user-friendly and easy and probably help paid journalists as well.
Imagine a day when the iPhone’s camera improves to the point where one could file an entire report ready for airing without the need of expensive equipment. Very cool, don’t you think?
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