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Apple files patent to fill gaps on letterboxed videos

Letterboxed letterbox
Mike Shaw


Devices / iPhone / September 14th 2012 at 10:07AM

Could the same technique be used to prettify centred apps on the iPhone 5?

Among the many complaints about the new iPhone 5 is the issue of existing apps not fitting the new, elongated, screen.

Apple's solution is to simply centre them, with black bookends either side - not ideal when dealing with using a high-end $399 phone.

However, a patent filed by Apple regarding video may solve the problem.

In January, Apple patented a technique to artificially fill in the gaps that appear on the iPhone screen when widescreen videos are played. While this video problem is almost sorted when using a iPhone 5 because it has an almost full 16:9 display, it's still a little bit off.

The patent filed by Cupertino involves using a Photoshop-style technique to copy colours from each frame of video and use them to fill the empty space, giving the impression of full screen footage.

Of course, there's still the possibility that technique will look terrible, like a Photoshop newbie's first go with the clone-stamping tool.

Now, while the original plan regards videos, it doesn't take a great leap to see how it can be applied to letterboxes apps on the new iPhone, because until developers have been able to catch up and redesign their products, there's going to be a lot of them.