Hidden Panorama Mode Uncovered in the iOS Camera

By , Nov 7, 2011

Developer and hacker conradev has uncovered a hidden panorama mode in the iOS Camera app. By changing a key value in the iOS SDK, a Panorama mode is unlocked in the Camera app that lets iPhone users capture a panorama image by snapping photos continually from left to right.

While it’s unclear as to why this feature is hidden in iOS, it can only be assumed that Apple will eventually release it to the public in due time.

Famous jailbreak developer chpwn also posted images of the Panorama mode enabled on what is presumably his iPhone 4S. The interface looks like it needs some work. There is no ETA on when this feature will be released to the public.

Here is an example of a panoramic photo taken on the iPhone, click for the full image (the original resolution is 6122 x 2852):

Update: chpwn has announced that he’s submitted a jailbreak tweak in Cydia called “Firebreak” that will enable this panorama feature on jailbroken iDevices. The tweak should be available tomorrow.

Update 2: chpwn released FireBreak and it’s now available in Cydia. We also have a video on how to manually enable panorama mode.

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  • Anonymous

    Ooo. So glad I paid for Pano.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexander.lilstar Alexander Yarlequé

    i Use Video To Panorama It was better than any other app and way faster to get a Panoramic Picture

  • orestes fernandez

    which key value do we need to change to get it?

  • http://twitter.com/iphoneblogr iphoneblogr

    It’s a simple plist edit. Just add the boolean string “EnableFirebreak” and turn it on in the com.apple.mobileframework.plist file in /var/mobile/library/preferences. For those who don’t know how to add a boolean string to a plist file, chpwn has already submitted a tweak called “Firebreak” which should be available in Cydia tomorrow.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CCK3WCKFIWMCVQ43LMI3QB7NHE Antonio

      gud day sir/madam. my brother gave me iphone 4 but icant use here in the phils. can u help me how can i used. thanks & god bless. can u reply to my email lourboy@yahoo.com

  • Anonymous

    According to @conradev: “So, I found out how to enable Panorama is the iOS Camera app. Set the key ‘EnableFirebreak’ to YES in com.apple.mobileslideshow.plist”

    • Anonymous

      I’m in /var/mobile/library/preferences then com.apple.mobileslideshow.plist
      There is no such key in the .plist…

      • Anonymous

        Maybe you need to add it, like the comment above mine suggests…are you on iOS 5?

      • Anonymous

        Got it now.
        Thanks anyway :)

  • Anonymous

    the user interface will seriously need working on to convert me away from AutoStitch.

  • Anonymous

    Can somebody post exact instructions on to edit this plist setting?

  • Anonymous

    It’s on Cydia now

  • http://twitter.com/geekinit geekinit

    I guess a lot of people are using redsn0w :)

  • jose castro

    you wonder what else is hidden in ios5

  • http://twitter.com/wb3132 William Bumbarger

    Nice thank you all.

  • Anonymous

    Can it be on iphone 4 with updated by ios5?

  • Anonymous

    Can it be on updated ios5 iphone 4

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NE5BPDXJWWNHEOP6PQSCWTKZQA yaiks

    phtosynth app can do panorama long time ago…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mohd-Yusuf-Mak/1143698351 Mohd Yusuf Mak

    Panaroma mode in iphone 4

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IIQZSYRHVO67MQXWGPC6HX3A6Y James

    oh i cant install, it requires 5.0 ios

  • http://www.facebook.com/SISGO Jay L Cordova

    somebody can explain me what panorama means, i dont really understand what this app really do! thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/VachkoKaragerov Vachko Karagerov

    In iOS 5.1 FireBreak doesn’t work ! ! !

    • http://twitter.com/PacLouis Louis Carpuat

      Indeed. Doesn’t work in 5.1
      Spent 2 hours on it today, with iBackupBot and I couldn’t manage to get it to work, tried with a string in YES, with a TRUE, none worked :/

      So, back to Photosynth and Video To Panorama.

  • Ganaa

    does it work in ios 5.1.1