Instagram gains pinch-zoom on photos and videos, a new button to improve low-light shots

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2016

Instagram today announced that users of its free of charge iPhone app can now use the familiar pinch-zoom gesture to zoom in on photos—and videos—found in their feed and elsewhere in the app. I’ve long craved for this feature: in fact, I’ve been using iOS’s system-wide Zoom feature to get a closer look at photos in the Instagram app that interest me. Just yesterday, Instagram pushed another update which brings out a new low-light button for its built-in camera. Read More

 

Samsung allegedly readying dual-camera Galaxy S8 with 4K screen for February 2017 unveiling

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2016

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, along with the recently launched Note 7, may not be enough to steal Apple’s thunder as the Cupertino firm preps to unveil its next iPhone on September 7.

According to the rumors, a sophisticated dual-lens camera system is expected to give the iPhone 7 DSLR-like features with RAW camera capture, optical zoom, better lowlight photography and more.

With that in mind, little wonder that Samsung is now reportedly looking to update its flagship smartphone line with dual cameras of its own. Read More

 

Faulty speakers and dual-cameras could cause iPhone 7 shortages at launch

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 30, 2016

Apple’s suppliers are ramping up production of iPhone 7 parts ahead of the big reveal on September 7, but some manufacturers have been reportedly experiencing serious defects in the waterproof speaker and dual-camera modules for months now, and are yet to be resolved.

As a result, customers may initially face iPhone 7 shortages at launch as Apple’s supply chain deals with low yields, according to a recent report in Nikkei Asian Review. An industry source familiar with the matter did not name any suppliers beyond indicating they’re struggling to produce iPhone 7 parts in volume. Read More

 

Claimed iPhone 7 specs detail screen resolutions, cameras, chips, batteries & more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 29, 2016

Alleged specifications of Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus refresh were leaked this morning on the Chinese social network Weibo by an unknown source. The document appears to detail several technical aspects of the forthcoming devices, including display resolutions, next-generation cameras, chips, batteries and other features. Read More

 

DJI’s new iPhone-friendly Osmo+ gimbal camera has 7x zoom and shoots 4K video

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

The other day, whilst browsing an array of incredibly cool gadgets from Chinese drone maker DJI, it only took me like five minutes to decide to put their Osmo gimbal camera on my “wants” list. Good thing I didn’t buy the thing right there and then as DJI today announced an upgraded versions, the Osmo+, with up to 7x zoom and 4K video capture.

If you’re not familiar with premium-built Osmo imaging devices, these things sport an advanced gimbal which keeps the camera flat and steady no matter how you move it. Read More

 

Apple researching a system that would capture biometric data of thieves via iPhone sensors

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

An Apple patent application published Thursday by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) describes methods of capturing and storing biometric information of thieves via the iPhone’s sensors, including fingerprints, photos, videos and a wealth of other forensic data.

Titled “Biometric capture for unauthorized user identification,” the proposed and somewhat controversial security system would leverage machine learning to proactively capture an unauthorized user’s fingerprint and a picture after unsuccessful Touch ID/passcode attempts or if user-defined criteria have been met. Read More

 

Apple taps Primax Electronics for some of dual-lens camera modules for iPhone 7 Plus line

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 23, 2016

Citing a report in the Chinese-language Economic Daily News, Asian trade publication DigiTimes reported this morning that Taiwanese supplier Primax Electronics will manufacture some of the dual-lens camera modules for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 Plus flagship smartphone model.

The supplier recently increased its camera module capacity by ten percent, boosting output to twelve million CMOS units per month, of which seventy percent are thirteen-megapixel models that the iPhone 7 Plus might use. Read More

 

QuickShoot Pro 3 lets you take photos & videos from anywhere in iOS

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 20, 2016

QuickShoot Pro 3 is now available in Cydia for those of you who are using the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 9.3.3. With it, you can take photos and videos from just about anywhere in iOS without even leaving the app or interface you’re in.

In this review, we’ll talk about what makes the jailbreak tweak useful, how it’s used, and what it can do. Read More

 

Leaked camera sensor hints at optical image stabilization for 4.7-inch iPhone 7 model

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 18, 2016

French blog NowhereElse.fr posted this morning claimed photographs of the iPhone 7’s back-facing iSight camera sensor. The leaked image strongly indicates that the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 model will have optical image stabilization, a feature previously exclusive to iPhone 6/6s Plus models. Read More

 

Instagram gains Events channel highlighting media posted during specific events

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 18, 2016

Instagram yesterday announced a new Events channel in the Explore section of its free of charge iPhone app. Currently limited to users within the United States and resembling Snapchat’s Discover channel with Live Stories, it brings in one place all of the photos and videos posted on the service during specific events, such as concerts, sports games and more. Like the rest of Explore, the new Events channel is personalized for you and highlights events you might like. Read More

 

Instagram update brings camera improvements to Stories feature

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2016

Instagram’s new Stories feature caused quite a stir as some users took issue with the fact that the Facebook-owned photo sharing service basically ripped off Snapchat Stories. Be that as it may, Instagram’s iPhone application, which is available at no charge on the App Store, has just received a nice update which packs in a few useful camera-related improvements to the Stories feature. Read More

 

Leaked video shows Camera app running on a working iPhone 7 prototype

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 4, 2016

Earlier this morning, we ran some pretty convincing photographs which appear to picture a functional, powered on iPhone 7 running Apple’s internal testing software, called SwitchBoard. Geekbar, the Chinese team who leaked these photos, has now published on Weibo video evidence to convince naysayers. The fit and finish of the claimed device shown in the photos and on this video screams an Apple product. Read More

 

Apple posts new Shot on iPhone video for Olympics with words from poet Maya Angelou

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 4, 2016

Apple just published a brand new video on its YouTube channel this morning, the latest one in its successful ‘Shot on iPhone’ advertising campaign. Titled “The Human Family” and narrated with words of wisdom by Maya Angelou, who was an American poet, memoirist and civil rights activist, the sixty-second clip talks about the value of family while showing a series of photographs and videos featuring friends and family that were taken by iPhone users from around the world. Read More

 

CameraTweak 4 launches in Cydia, turns iPhone into a professional camera

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 3, 2016

By far one of the most comprehensive jailbreak tweaks for the iOS Camera app known as CameraTweak 4 has been updated with full support for iOS 9 this week.

The tweak brings a wide range of features to the stock Camera app that empower you to turn yourself into a professional mobile photographer. We’ll talk a little about it in this review. Read More

 

Did Microsoft just make the best camera app with Pix for iPhone?

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2016

Microsoft Pix, a smarter camera app that helps you take better pictures without extra effort, is now available for download from the App Store. Microsoft says its app is “a bit like having a professional photographer inside your camera” in that it uses advanced artificial intelligence, computational photography and video stabilization to automatically pick the right settings to help boost and improve your iPhone photography skills.

Grab Microsoft Pix from the App Store for free and let us know if it impresses you. Read More

 

Apple is opening an imaging R&D lab in the center of France’s Grenoble

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2016

In addition to celebrating Bastille Day with ‘Shot on iPhone’ imagery in blue/white/red tones representing the country’s national flag appearing on the company’s French website and billboards across the country, the Cupertino firm has also signed a lease with the city of Grenoble to open a research and development center at the heart of the town.

The 800-square-meter facility will reportedly focus on imaging components and employ about thirty engineers, according to the local newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéré cited by French blog iPhone.fr. Read More

 

Additional photos depict curved camera bulge on iPhone 7

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2016

Following a photograph posted this morning by Italian site Macity.it, which allegedly showed iPhone 7 case molds in Gold, Rose Gold, Space Gray and Silver (but not in the rumored Apple Watch-like Space Black appearance), French blog NowhereElse.fr posted a pair of case mold shots of its own. Read More

 

Camera+ 2.0 for iPad hits: Apple Pencil support, selective brushing, overhauled UI & more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2016

iPhone photography fans, rejoice! Developer taptaptap on Wednesday released a long-awaited iPad-focused update to its popular camera and photo editing application, aptly named Camera+. Camera+ 2.0 for iPad, a free update for those who already own the app, replaces its hopelessly outdated user interface with a thoroughly overhauled, modern-looking one. For starters, the refreshed software supports iOS 9’s iPad-only multitasking modes.

More importantly, Camera+ 2.0 for iPad features selective brushing of the various edits and filters and comes with full support for Apple Pencil, enabling you to get very fine, precise control over brushing with the stylus. Read More

 

Here’s our best look yet at subdued iPhone 7 antenna lines

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2016

French blog NowhereElse.fr on Monday posted a claimed image of an iPhone 7 backplate which offers the clearest look yet at the subdued antenna lines along with a larger single-lens camera on its back. The alleged photo claims to represent Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 7 model and is in line with earlier leaks showing antenna lines running around the top and bottom edges of the handset and a single camera on the back with a larger opening versus that on the iPhone 6s. Read More

 

CAD renderings “confirm” many rumored iPhone 7 features

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2016

I generally avoid using the verb “confirm” together with “rumor” and its synonyms in the same sentence, but in this particular instance it’s probably the right thing to do. Last night, claimed iPhone 7 technical drawings began circulating around the web, seemingly confirming many of the previously published rumors regarding Apple’s upcoming smartphone refresh.

Re-posted by French blog NowhereElse.fr and originally published on Chinese social media, these CAD renderings show a notably subdued antenna lines, no headphone jack, a pair of speaker grilles for stereo sound at the bottom, dual-cameras on the back of the 5.5-inch model and an enlarged single-camera hole on the 4.7-inch model, among other interesting features. Read More

 
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