Apple trying to buy Sony Pictures

drd1135

Zen Snapshooter
Jul 13, 2011
124
Lexington, Virginia
Steve
Who cares, right? It did make me wonder, however, what could happen if Apple acquired an imaging division and let them use Apple's computational photography expertise. It probably won't happen, but I still wonder what such a product would be like, e.g., a fixed zoom large sensor camera with all the tricks and computational power of a cell phone. Also, my students are taking a test and I don't want to work on the key or the report I have due next Tuesday.
 
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Kevin

Code Monkey 🐒
Nov 3, 2018
104
Pennsylvania, USA
There have been Android powered cameras before so I'm not sure stuffing the guts of a phone in a camera would necessarily be a big change. What I could envision would be Apple's marketing might, if they put their full force behind it, could reignite consumer demand for dedicated camera hardware while at the same time positioning an iPhone or iPad as a companion device. Take the picture on the camera, use an iPad with seamless access to the images for post editing, sharing, and so on. Have an app on the phone/tablet so that it's connected live to the camera so that as soon as you take a picture on the camera it gets uploaded & backed up to your iCloud account and then you could use any Apple device (Mac/phone/tablet) to access the images. If the haven't already, an Apple assistant device could be then used as a photo display frame (like the Google/Nest Hubs and Amazon's video devices). Take a picture while you're on vacation with your Apple Sony branded mirrorless camera, do nothing else, when you get home your vacation photos are on display on your family photo frame when you walk in the door and all of them are backed up to the cloud; whip out your iPhone to share them with friends/family or get on your iPad to do some editing.


Yeah, I know, these days most modern cameras offer some type of wi-fi connections but it really isn't a seamless process. With a vertical integration into Apple's ecosystem they really could make a huge change to the consumer photographer market.
 

Luke

Super Moderator
Nov 11, 2011
214
Milwaukee, WI USA
Luke
As a Marvel fan, Apple acquiring Sony pictures could potentially be very good for the future of the MCU. Apple would likely be more inclined to work with Disney on the use of Spider-Man.
I would still be concerned that I would need to sign up to some evil Apple streaming subscription service to watch those films.

If it comes down to that, I just won't see the films.
 

Kevin

Code Monkey 🐒
Nov 3, 2018
104
Pennsylvania, USA
Sony Pictures is the filmmaking division, is it not? Not the camera/tech division?
It is but Steve veered the topic to the 'What if...' scenario of Apple acquiring an imaging division. It threw me off for a second as well.
As a Marvel fan, Apple acquiring Sony pictures could potentially be very good for the future of the MCU. Apple would likely be more inclined to work with Disney on the use of Spider-Man.
There was a quote floating around the news spheres this past week or so from Disney's Iger saying that if Jobs were still alive then Disney and Apple would've have likely come together in some fashion.
I would still be concerned that I would need to sign up to some evil Apple streaming subscription service to watch those films.

If it comes down to that, I just won't see the films.
I just begrudgingly signed up for the Disney service; between that & Netflix there's no way I'm signing up for any of the others (CBS, Hulu, DC Comics, Apple, the various AT&T services [which includes the Warner media umbrella of companies], and dozens of others). There's Amazon Prime video as well which I've got as part of my Prime subscription but their interface annoys me so bad that I rarely watch anything on it.
 

Kevin

Code Monkey 🐒
Nov 3, 2018
104
Pennsylvania, USA
I literally just read that Sony and Disney have come to terms on a new deal for sharing Spider-Man.
Excellent! Although, I must admit, I think Sony's Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse was the best Spider-Man movie so far. I like what they've been doing with Tom Holland in the role and his movies I like better than the prior versions but as somebody who was obsessed with Marvel's Spider-Man print comics in the 70's & 80's, I enjoyed Spider-verse the most.
 

Tilman Paulin

Top Veteran
Nov 15, 2011
69
Vancouver B.C.
Tilman
I would still be concerned that I would need to sign up to some evil Apple streaming subscription service to watch those films.

If it comes down to that, I just won't see the films.
Well, you might have to sign up to the Disney streaming subscription service instead ;-)
Once Disney Plus is on (it may already be?) I'm sure they're going to take their movies away from Netflix...

Not a fan of Marvel movies myself, but I worked on the visual effects for two ('Infinity Wars' and 'Spiderman far from home')... So there! :)

Now I'm running out of OT things to say, so all I can add is that a large sensor camera with Apple's software knowledge and focus on user experience would probably be great :)
 

Kevin

Code Monkey 🐒
Nov 3, 2018
104
Pennsylvania, USA
Well, you might have to sign up to the Disney streaming subscription service instead ;-)
Once Disney Plus is on (it may already be?) I'm sure they're going to take their movies away from Netflix...
It's already happening; as the contracts expire they're not getting renewed with Netflix and is purported to be one of the reasons that led to the cancellation of all of the Netflix Marvel shows (Disney has already said the titles will likely get rebooted on their own streaming service at some point). With Disney owning their own library, Pixar, LucasFilm, Marvel, ABC, National Geographic, FX, The Muppets, ESPN, and now Fox (and the various Fox umbrella companies) there is a huge chunk of programming that in the next few years will be disappearing from Netflix. It's why lately Netflix has been on a spending spree picking up new titles and purchasing streaming rights to more non-US movies*.

Oh, then there is the little situation of Disney also owning the majority of Hulu; most of the titles will end up on the new Disney+ streaming service but any of the more adult oriented titles (mostly picked up from the Fox acquisition) will likely end up Hulu. For the sports fans there is also the ESPN+ streaming service so to get full access to everything a customer would need to pay for the full bundle of Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+.




* As a sci-fi geek I love that they're picking up the rights to a bunch sci-fi & genre movies that normally wouldn't get released in the US but it annoys the heck out of me that after they spend a fortune for the rights they rush to release them for streaming and relying on sub-titles with no English soundtracks available. It makes it a lot harder to have those titles playing in the background while working.
 

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