By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2015
In a bid to potentially boost its mobile imaging prowess, Apple has purchased an Israeli camera technology company called LinX Imaging for a reported $20 million, according to a Dow Jones report cited in a tweet by CNBC and later confirmed by Apple.
LinX, which builds miniature multi-aperture cameras designed for mobile devices, could help improve imaging features of future iPhones.
And because its technology is also used in tablets and so-called ultrabooks (ultra-thin notebooks akin to Apple’s MacBook Air), there’s a reasonable likelihood that we may see significantly improved cameras come to Apple’s Mac computers and iPad tablet lineup. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 25, 2015
RecordPause is a recently released jailbreak tweak that allows you to pause and resume the stock Camera app while shooting video. Some of the more popular social media apps, like Vine and Instagram, have a similar feature. Now, thanks to RecordPause, you can pause and resume video right from within the stock iOS camera as well.￼￼ Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2015
My favorite camera and photo-editing application, Camera+ for iPhone from Taptaptap, has received a long-overdue refresh Wednesday.
Now the app finally takes full advantage of the new screen resolutions provided by the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus because “there’s just no substitute for a pixel-perfect, custom UI designed specifically for your megaphone.”
The previous versions used automatic scaling, which resulted in a blown up interface that didn’t feel at home on new iPhones. Also new in Camera+ 6.2: advanced white balance control using a dial.
You’ll also love direct sharing to Instagram and a handy Today widget which not only lets you quickly open Camera+ from anywhere, but puts handy photo tips and inspirational photo quotes of the day right into the iOS Notification Center. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 15, 2015
In some countries, like Japan for example, QR codes are prolific and people user them often. Although that’s not the case in the United States, and probably never will be, it does seem like there has been an uptick in QR code usage in the last few years. A new jailbreak tweak called QR Mode will certainly help its cause, among jailbreakers at least.
QR Mode is by far the best looking and best functioning QR code reader on Cydia, and it’s even better than standalone app offerings found in the App Store. Its feature set is well-rounded, its implementation seriously impressive, and it doesn’t feel overly intrusive. Although it suffers from a few bugs, QR Mode is well worth its $1.99 asking price, especially if these bugs can be stamped out. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 13, 2015
Notice the interesting aspect ratio of this photo? This was done on the fly using PhotoRes, a free new jailbreak tweak available on Cydia’s BigBoss repo.
PhotoRes allows users to select from over a dozen pre-defined aspect ratios along with adjusting the resolution of photos taken with the stock Camera app. Once the settings are established, you can begin taking photos using the changes immediately, as no pesky resprings are required. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 11, 2015
Nutshell Camera from the team at Prezi should probably be the latest addition to your iPhone photography arsenal.
Available free in the App Store, it’s really easy to use. Just pick three photos from your Camera roll, add some fun captions and graphics and let Nutshell do its magic. The app will map your photos to video, creating an instantly shareable cinematic story.
Your visual vignettes can be shared with the web at large by posting them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or sent to via SMS, email, WhatsApp and more. Read More
By Jake Smith on Feb 9, 2015
The component industry is expecting the rear-camera for the iPhone 6s to retain the same 8-megapixel sensor Apple has been using in previous generations of the iPhone. As such, it appears Apple won’t be jumping on the 16-megapixel bandwagon of insanely increasing megapixel count for marketing purposes.
The rumor on Monday is centered around a report from Taipei-based analyst Jeff Pu who claims the iPhone 6s will have the same camera hardware specifications as previous models, according to Taipei Times. Pu is formulating his predictions around one supplier. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2015
Apple pundit John Gruber said in November that the next iPhone refresh — likely to be marketed under the ‘iPhone 6s’ name — will include “the biggest camera jump ever” and now UDN’s supply chain sources are chiming in with some details.
According to the report Tuesday, relayed by GforGames, the next iPhone will feature a dual-lens camera out the back that will have optical zoom capabilities rather than digital zooming like all prior iPhone models.
Moreover, Apple is rumored to use some form a 3D pressure sensor akin to Force Touch technology that Apple Watch uses to sense the difference between a tap and a press. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 7, 2015
This time last year at at CES in Las Vegas, the world’s first private thermal imager, the Flir One, was announced and released six months later in the form of a case that slides onto an iPhone 5/5s. And now at CES 2015, a much improved version got unveiled which works with any Lightning-enabled iOS device and Android smartphones via USB.
Additionally, a Flir One software developer kit (SDK) was released in December for the iOS platform.
Android developers will gain access to the SDK in the Spring. Both iOS and Android editions of the Flir One SDK will let programmers write apps which access absolute temperature data for all pixels and control the camera’s shutter mode, in both manual and automatic settings. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2015
Like virtually every other tech company under the sun, Polaroid, one of the most recognized brands in the world, took to CES to show off latest innovation.
Among the announcements that are of interest to our Apple-focused readers, Polaroid showed off a mobile printer, a social instant camera and a Wi-Fi connected camera that all work with iPhones and iPads.
They also announced a new Android-driven tablet, an easy to use automobile dash cameras designed to capture the unexpected, a 65-inch 4K ultra high definition LED TV with HD ultra slim sound bars and TV wall mounts and more. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 5, 2015
Camrix is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that allows you to compose and take photos and videos from anywhere on your iPhone. The tweak, which is enabled by means of an Activator gesture, places a camera viewfinder overlay on screen that allows you to capture photos and video from the front or rear-facing camera at any time. Needless to say, Camrix is an impressive upcoming tweak that holds lots of promise. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 2, 2015
I can probably count on one hand how many times I’ve used Panorama or Slo-mo on my iPhone 6 Plus. in fact, the same could probably said about Time-lapse and Square mode. The only Camera app modes that I use on a consistent basis are the standard Photo and Videos modes. CameraModes is a new jailbreak tweak for people like me. It allows users to disable unused modes in order to simplify the Camera app interface. Read More
By Jake Smith on Jan 1, 2015
Apple’s marketing team has pushed a new webpage worldwide titled “Start Something New” to highlight the iPad as a way of creating art through drawings and photographs. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 23, 2014
The CameraTweak series of jailbreak tweaks is a long-running series that first debuted over two years ago for iOS 6. At the time, it brought many features to the iPhone’s Camera app that were sorely missing. Things like adding a countdown timer and improved exposure and focus control are just a few of the enhancements that jailbreakers welcomed with opened arms. Now that the stock Camera app has been dramatically improved in iOS 7 and iOS 8, is CameraTweak 3 the compelling tweak that its predecessors were? Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2014
Popular photo sharing service 500px has posted a monster update for its iOS client today, bringing the app to version 2.9. The update brings about a number of significant improvements, including support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the 1Password iOS 8 login extension.
Perhaps most noteworthy, though, is that 500px has added a built-in camera to the app, with the option to control focus and exposure manually. So the app once only served as a browser/manager tool for the service, it now competes directly with Instagram, Flickr and others. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 16, 2014
Following its App Store debut four months ago, Google’s Photo Sphere Camera has been bumped to version 1.1.
The useful photography software which allows anyone with an iPhone 4s or higher to create panoramic images now features enhanced image quality when creating 360-degree images on an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.
Additionally, the library view now separates private from public panoramas and the built-in map has been upgraded so that you can expand or contract it as needed. Read More
By Jim Gresham on Dec 7, 2014
Where do I even begin talking about selfies? Everyone loves a good selfie. They are wildly popular across the world, even causing South Korea to ban “unregulated” selfie stick sales. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, SnapChat, and other forms of popular social media channels are completely filled with selfies. What caused our self obsession will never be explained, but the selfie is here to stay.
The selfie stick was one of the first hardware selfie assistants. I saw them around touristy places when I traveled, but didn’t think much of them about a year ago. Now, they are increasingly popular and being utilized in everyday places. Several iterations of selfie-inspired accessories cropped up and iLuv is capitalizing on the fad. Launching “selfy,” iLuv guarantees you will always have a quick way to snap a selfie and includes a laundry list of add-ons to assist. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 20, 2014
Facebook on Thursday issued a small update to its Messenger app for the iPhone and iPad, bringing out additional features to touch up the photos you take within the software using the built-in camera feature.
Now available in the App Store at no cost, Facebook Messenger 16.0 fixed an issue with sending messages while introducing a pair of new controls to adjust the focus and lighting of photos you take in the app. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2014
In the latest episode of The Talk Show, famed Apple pundit John Gruber mentions that he’s heard “from a birdie of a birdie” that Apple is working on the “biggest camera jump ever” for the next iPhone, as first noted by The Tech Block.
He’s heard little in terms of camera features aside from a brief mention of a “weird two-lens system” that should take the next iPhone’s camera into “DSLR quality imagery,” those are Gruber’s exact words.
Apple’s been using a five-element lens design for iPhone back cameras since the 2011 introduction of the iPhone 4s. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 13, 2014
If you needed an excuse to make VSCO Cam part of your iPhone photographer‘s toolkit, here’s one. On Thursday, developers issued a substantial update to the free iOS app which brings a thoroughly redesigned user interface.
Now a universal app for all form factor iOS devices, VSCO Cam runs natively on iPads and brings out full support for iOS 8 and the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus resolutions.
This release is packed with half a dozen interesting new features, among them integration with VSCO’ new mobile publishing platform dubbed Journal.
Download VSCO Cam free in the App Store. Read More