Apple isn’t sloughing off on the “Slofie” — the tech large not too long ago utilized to trademark the brand new time period used to explain the slow-mo selfies potential on the brand new iPhone 11. A lot to the web’s amusement, Apple used the time period to explain the brand new 120-frames-per-second video potential within the front-facing digital camera on the most recent spherical of iPhones. Many thought they had been kidding and held on to the hope that the web wouldn’t be inundated with cringeworthy slow-motion selfie movies — however, alas, the trademark utility suggests in any other case.
Whereas the time period is new, the Slofie is just made potential by taking the slow-mo mode already out there on the rear-facing iPhone cameras and including it to the selfie digital camera. Apple confirmed off the idea in the course of the iPhone launch occasion final week utilizing a humor-heavy advert displaying a dramatic, wind-blown Slofie — then pulling again to indicate a young person and her little brother with a hairdryer. Regardless of utilizing the time period in the course of the presentation, within the new iPhone 11s, the Slofie known as the identical slow-mo because the mode that’s on the rear-facing digital camera.
Gradual-motion movies definitely have their place, notably for motion photographs, however simply how typically will the event name for a slow-motion video held at arm’s size? Granted, there could also be a number of events the place a Slofie is warranted and even enjoyable, however within the mistaken arms, the expertise may simply make unhealthy selfies even worse. Until you could have a very lengthy selfie stick, Slofies are restricted to a head-and-shoulders shot, which can hopefully restrict the quantity we see taking up information feeds.
The selfie’s recognition has result in the creation of subcategories of “-ie” pictures, just like the “groupie,” “shelfie,” “delfie,” or, our private favourite, simply giving another person the cellphone to take a “someoneelsie.” Few of the phrases have actually taken off — although #groupie has greater than 700,000 posts on Instagram — however there could also be simply sufficient individuals making enjoyable of the Slofie on Twitter for the time period to warrant a Trademark.
Apparently, Apple is prepared to spend the $400 Trademark utility payment to maintain opponents from utilizing the time period on their very own units. (An indiscernible blip within the finances for Apple, we all know). Sadly for the remainder of us, a Trademark solely prevents utilizing the identify, so there’s nonetheless the potential of seeing slow-motion selfies shot on a non-Apple gadget beneath a unique identify. However would a Slofie by some other identify look any much less cringeworthy?
If the time period sticks round, Slofie could possibly be the subsequent duck lips. And no, Apple, that’s not a praise.