Group selfie
A representational image of a Group selfie. Image credit:

With the aim to promote the idea of social distancing, American multinational technology company Apple is working on new technology and has also been granted a patent for software that will let users click group selfies without needing people to be physically together.

As per reports, the Cupertino-based company could be looking at a FaceTime-like software that arranges selfies of different people and puts them in a single photo.

The reports further added that there could also be some sort of simulation in the software for thematic effect on the photos.

The patent to develop a software for capturing socially distant group selfies was filed by Apple in 2018, was granted a few days back, reported Protocol.

“The patent, first spotted by Patently Apple, shows a camera screen with an option to add participants, the selfies of which will be added to one single photo,” India Today reported quoting the report by Protocol.

According to the report, the organiser of the group selfie session will likely be at the front in the photo while the other participants will be superimposed.

“These selfies could come from the camera, photo gallery, stored videos, or live streaming of images,” the report added.

According to the report, the settings for a group selfie will be available for customisation, meaning that the original selfie of the organiser and participants can be saved, in addition to the group version.

“While the software’s mechanism will seemingly work the way the patent describes, it has not been made clear what Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, and Mac) will support the facility,” further reported India Today.


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