Aukey’s Ora 2-in-1 lens system for iPhone helps expand your mobile photography capabilities

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 20, 2017

I know a lot of people who take their iPhone photography seriously, and a number of them use the stock iPhone camera in all of its glory, while a select few use hardware lens attachments that can enhance the capabilities of their iPhone cameras beyond what software can.

In this review, we’ll show you a very affordable, yet high-quality 2-in-1 lens attachment option from Aukey called the Ora, which lets you experience both detailed macro shots and incredible wide angle shots. Read More

 

Galaxy S8’s assistant to be called Bixby, offer camera-based visual search & text recognition

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2017

Galaxy S8 is widely expected to include a new Siri-like personal assistant, called Bixby, which may let users search for objects identified in a photograph and recognize text on images. These features should be integrated directly into Samsung’s standard Camera app via a dedicated Bixby button, SamMobile learned Thursday.

Aside from these rumored visual search features, Bixby is thought to let the user control all stock apps and conduct payments, similar to Apple’s Siri, and more. Read More

 

Photicon replaces your Photos app icon with a preview of your most recent picture

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 15, 2017

A new free jailbreak tweak dubbed Photicon (short for Photos App + Icon) aims to add a little more excitement to your Photos app icon by making it dynamic, rather than static.

With this effect, your icon will never be the same old icon ever again. It will change over time as you use your iPhone’s camera to snap photos on a regular basis. Read More

 

How to preserve your iPhone camera settings

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2017

Prior to iOS 10.2, iPhone’s stock Camera application always defaulted to the factory Photo mode. ForIf you were recording video, for instance, Camera would switch to Photo mode as soon as you exited out instead of keeping the selected Video mode on. Similarly, taking pictures with one of the built-in live filters was cumbersome because Camera would set the filter to None after exiting out. This behavior used to be quite a hindrance for iPhone photographers who rely on a specific capture mode.

On iOS 10.2 and later, new user-facing toggles in the Settings app permit you to preserve your last-used shooting mode, live filter and Live Photo settings so they’re don’t reset every time Camera launches. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to preserve camera settings on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Read More

 

Sharp working to secure iPhone camera lens orders from Apple

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 29, 2016

According to Japanese outlet Nikkei, cited by DigiTimes, Sharp is hoping to secure some camera lens orders from Apple for future iPhones. To boost its chances of cutting a lucrative deal with Apple, Sharp is now speculated to increase its investment in Japan-based lens module maker Kantatsu, in which it currently holds a 44 percent stake.

Sharp would need to compete with Taiwan-based Largan Precision, which currently supplies iPhone camera lens modules in volume. Sharp is owned by Foxconn, the world’s top contract manufacturer that assembles iPhones. Read More

 

Apple may launch five-inch iPhone 7s with vertically aligned dual cameras on the back

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 27, 2016

In addition to an iPhone 8 model with all-new industrial design and an OLED-based display, Apple is expected to refresh its existing iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones next year. According to the fairly reliable Japanese blog Mac Otakara, a brand new five-inch iPhone 7s model should join the mix next year, acting as the medium size option between the expected 4.7-inch iPhone 7s and 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus refreshes. The device is expected to feature a dual-sensor camera out the back in a vertical alignment rather than a horizontal one. Read More

 

Camera+ update brings RAW shooting and editing, support for iPhone 7 Plus dual camera & more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 14, 2016

Taptaptap’s Camera+, one of my favorite camera/image-editing apps, has received a major update on the App Store today. Bumping version number to 9.0, the new Camera+ enables both RAW shooting and editing on compatible iOS 10 devices. Moreover, the app brings out extensive support for the iPhone 7 Plus’s dual-lens camera and wide color photography while implementing rich haptics on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Camera+ is available for $2.99 from the App Store. Read More

 

How to access your iPhone Camera Roll on Mac or PC

By Anthony Bouchard on Dec 14, 2016

Whether you have a Mac or you have a PC, you can use your computer to access your iPhone or iPad’s Camera Roll for easy photo and video transferring.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you the easiest way to access your iOS device’s Camera Roll on both operating systems: macOS and Windows. Read More

 

Rumor: Apple working with LG on dual cameras for iPhone with 3D photography features

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2016

A future iPhone could enhance the iPhone 7 Plus’s depth-of-field Portrait photography mode with all-new “3D photographing” features, according to a new report Thursday from The Korea Economic Daily. The outlet is reporting that the Cupertino firm has teamed up with LG Innotek on a next-generation dual-camera module with 3D photography features, likely to be used in select 2017 iPhone models. Read More

 

Dual-lens 2017 iPhone models to feature dual optical image stabilization

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2016

Apple’s single-lens iPhone 7 and dual-lens iPhone 7 Plus both support the optical image stabilization (OIS) feature for taking sharper images and capturing stabilized videos. Next year’s dual-lens iPhone models, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, will support OIS on both the the wide-angle lens and the telephoto lens. The iPhone 7 Plus supports auto focus on both cameras on the back, but only the wide-angle lens is outfitted with OIS. Read More

 

Apple working to integrate augmented reality tech into iPhone Camera app

By Cody Lee on Nov 16, 2016

Apple is integrating augmented reality technology into the iPhone’s camera app, reports Business Insider. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the outlet says the initiative involves teams from several acquired startups, and will serve as a stop-gap until its digital glasses are ready for market. Read More

 

How to make the most of Portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus

By Steffen Reich on Nov 11, 2016

With Portrait mode for iPhone 7 Plus having been launched in late October, by this time most owners of the dual-lens enabled device are sure to have played around a little with the exclusive camera mode. From experience, portrait shots can turn out real gems that will absolutely reaffirm you in your decision to go large, while at other times the camera setting can also prove agonizingly unreliable.

Regardless of your personal success rate with Portrait mode as yet, there are a handful of tricks to take into account when trying to nail that depth effect. I am by no means a professional or maybe even advanced photographer, but adhering to a couple of simple rules and learning from recurrent observations has without fail increased the quality of my personal portrait efforts. If you are underwhelmed with the camera setting or have not even given it a go yet, let me share a few knacks with you to bring you up to speed.

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CMRA: the awesome Apple Watch strap with integrated cameras you’ll never buy

By Sébastien Page on Nov 2, 2016

The idea of having a camera on your Apple Watch is an interesting one. As tech becomes smaller and batteries become more capable, this is definitely a direction Apple will take at some point, but we’re just too early in development.

That’s where a startup comes in with CMRA, a band for Apple Watch that adds not one, but two HD cameras to the strap, allowing you to easily and quickly shoot photos or record videos. Well, in theory anyway. Read More

 

Video hands-on: 10+ new features in iOS 10.2 beta 1

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 1, 2016

Apple yesterday issued beta 1 of the forthcoming iOS 10.2 software update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. For starters, iOS 10.2 beta 1 includes three new wallpapers, provides a bunch of new emoji as part of the Unicode 9.0 standard and gives Camera the optional ability to remember filter, Live Photo and mode settings.

Star ratings are back in the Music app and Videos has its own widget. Oh, and you can now annoy friends with a brand new animation in Messages.

Without further ado, here’s our video hands-on with iOS 10.2 beta 1 accompanied by a detailed description of all the new features and enhancements. Read More

 

Disappointingly, MacBook Pro’s FaceTime camera has not been upgraded to 1080p

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2016

If you thought the refreshed innards of the new MacBook Pro would let your friends and family see you in crisp 1080p video resolution via FaceTime, you’re in for a major disappointment. Much to my surprise, the built-in FaceTime camera (which, by the way, Apple calls “high definition”) has remained at 720p.

High-end laptops from other vendors are increasingly outfitted with 1080p cameras which provide sharp images during video calls, but not the new MacBook Pros. Read More

 

FabFocus kinda brings Portrait Mode to other iPhones

By Andrew O'Hara on Oct 27, 2016

Portrait Mode was on of the standout features of the iPhone 7 Plus. It intelligently uses both cameras in tandem to create a 3D image map of your subject, then in real time, applying a blurring/bokeh effect to the background of your photo. That’s something would normally require a high-end DSLR with a wider aperture lens to achieve. While the result wasn’t as good as a professional camera, it is a great effect with promising results. Since Portrait Mode does require the two cameras, anyone without an iPhone 7 Plus was left out of all fun. Enter FabFocus. Read More

 

Tip: save space on iPhone 7 Plus by turning off depth of field photo duplicates

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 26, 2016

iOS provides a Portrait mode in the stock Camera app to owners of the dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus.

As you know, Portrait mode lets you take dramatic DSLR-like depth of field photographs where the camera automatically creates a beautifully blurred background while keeping the subject in the front sharp and in full focus.

Your iPhone 7 plus defaults to saving both the original twelve-megapixel photo and its depth of field counterpart, effectively doubling storage requirements for Portrait shots.

In this quick tutorial we’re going to show you how you can easily disable photo duplicates for depth of field photos with just a few taps. Read More

 

ShutterSoundSwitch extends the functionality of screenshots & more in iOS

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 22, 2016

If you take a lot of photos or screenshots on your iPhone, then you might be able to use the extensional features of a new free jailbreak tweak called ShutterSoundSwitch. Read More

 

Apple seeds iOS 10.1 beta 5 for iPhone 7/Plus to developers and public beta testers

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 19, 2016

Apple on Wednesday morning released a fifth beta of iOS 10.1 for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus only. The latest beta came out two days after the release of iOS 10.1 beta 4 on Monday.

iOS 10.1 beta 5 is available as an over-the-air download on an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus with a prior beta. Today’s iPhone 7-focused release likely contains a cellular connectivity bug that Apple patched with an emergency update on October 17. macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 5 also released today. Read More

 

How to use your iPhone as a magnifier

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 11, 2016

Starting with iOS 10, you can use your iPhone as a magnifier to get a closer look at things that can sometimes be too small to see, unless you’re some kind of human/hawk hybrid.

The magnifier feature is quick and easy to set up, and it’s useful for a wide variety of situations whether you have problems seeing or not. Read More

 
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