Now a different question: how many things can your phone do at the same time? Can it do more than task simultaneously? As portable devices become more powerful, the obvious thing to do is to take advantage of that capability.
Unless it involves a software method. Then it's patentable.
An article in NewsFactor Business Report describes a legal battle between two large companies: Kodak and Apple. At issue:
Kodak, the 131-year-old camera company based in Rochester, New York, has amassed more than 1,000 digital-imaging patents, and almost all of today's digital cameras rely on that technology. Mining its rich array of inventions has become an indispensable tool in its long and painful digital turnaround.(Emphasis mine)
After failed negotiations, Kodak filed a complaint with the commission in January 2010 against Apple and the BlackBerry maker RIM. It also filed two lawsuits against Apple in federal court in Rochester, but it has not specified the damages it is seeking.
Three months later, Apple claimed that some Kodak camera and video camera lines violate two of its patents. One invention relates to a camera's ability to process several images at the same time; the other enables a camera to simultaneously handle adjustments in color, sharpness and other processes.