Are Apple and Canon Working Together on a Secret Project?

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Any partnership made with Apple is sure to net the other party a lot of profit and exposure, and I'm willing to bet that even if rumors of a Canon and Apple tie-up don't come to fruition, Canon will still benefit from their name being thrown into the ring.

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Website CanonRumors has heard that Canon and Apple could be collaborating in the field of photography, perhaps with Aperture or the next Final Cut Pro. According to TechCrunch's sources who were privy to an early showing of the next Final Cut Pro, it will be the "biggest overhaul to Final Cut Pro since the original version was created over 10 years ago." What could Canon's products have to do with it?

Something related to their cameras is obvious, but don't forget they also make printers and copiers. I can't imagine anything groundbreaking could occur in those fields, but would Apple let Canon license a mini version of their video-editing software for use on their cameras? I'm just speculating here, but what do you think could come of this partnership?

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AppleInsider has a few ideas, with their MobileMe Photo Stream sounding quite possible. We know Apple's MobileMe is due for a large shake-up this year—and might even go free—but could Canon's Wi-Fi equipped cameras support the transfer of photos and video to the cloud? Or maybe a sort of AirPlay transfer to Macs and Apple TVs?

Whatever it is, we can't imagine Canon's competitors will be too happy hearing these whispers. [CanonRumors via AppleInsider]

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I have always imagined, 7" tablet devices as cool hubs to third party peripherals. Like nice camera lenses that just snapped on and harnessed the os and tab innards to input the data directly without having to then upload to another device for consumption and distribution.

I can see all types of peripherals that could snap on to a small tablet device to exponentially increase the usefulness of the tabs. From entertainment to industrial applications.

Imagine a surveying attachment that automatically logs all the data, GPS coordinates and all instead of writing it down on paper and imputing it to another computer, all formatted, sent to your office and ready to go. Making use of the tab to reduce the cost of precision instruments.

And professional photography seems like the ideal form factor as the hubs for pro lens attachments.