As a professional photographer who likes to use my iPhone when my DSLR is not with me, I would despise a device that picked the “best” photo for me. Unless I had access to the buffer to pick the best one for myself. What if in the sharpest shot of a group of people they all had their eyes closed? What software could distinguish that or any other content based difference? I can think of many such examples. Terrible idea. Stabilization, if possible, would be much better.
I don't believe I was complaining. Just pointing out a preferred method.
How comes Apple can file this patent. OneTapAhead is using this technique long time ago back to Nov 2011.
Check it out: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/onetapahead/id480167013?l=en&ls=1&mt=8
I think this patent is going to be disputaed. As Blackberry Z10 has that feature released.