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


How to get the bokeh effect in your photos, no iPhone 7 Plus needed

By Sébastien Page on Sep 28, 2016

One of the main differentiating features of the iPhone 7 Plus over its smaller sibling is its dual lens camera system. Right off the box, it allows users of the larger device to enjoy a 2x optical zoom, unlocking yet more possibilities when it comes to iPhone photography.

Perhaps an even more exciting feature is the upcoming Portrait mode that allows you to produce a shallow depth of field in order to generate a fake yet beautiful bokeh effect in your photos.

Portrait mode is still in beta stages, but the good news is, if you want to replicate that bokeh effect in your photos, you can start doing so today, no iPhone 7 Plus required. I’ll show you how. Read More


iPhone 7 torture tests show low chance of bending, camera cover & Touch ID scratch easily

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 20, 2016

Apple’s new iPhone 7 & 7 Plus are just now starting to get into consumers’ hands, and as a result, the run of the mill stress and torture tests have been ongoing since the end of this past week.

The iPhone 7 has proved to be very reliable in water resistance testing, as well as in drop testing, but there are other forms of durability tests too that might tickle your interest. Read More


iPhone 7 Plus teardown: 3GB of RAM, faux speaker grille, bigger battery & more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2016

Repair wizards over at iFixit flew out to Japan to obtain their iPhone 7 Plus (in Rose Gold), performing their ritual teardown dance which has helped confirm what we’ve been suspecting all along: that a second grille at the bottom doesn’t house a second speaker.

Other interesting observations gleaned from peeking under the hood of the iPhone 7 Plus include a replaceable Home button, a lot bigger Taptic Engine than in the iPhone 6s, a bigger 2,900 mAh battery, dust and water-proofing measures and other tidbits. Read More


Google’s new app lets you capture three-dimensional panoramas on your iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 12, 2016

Google today released a brand new camera application on the App Store, allowing iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users to take three-dimensional panoramas in 360-degree freedom. The interactive VR photography app is called Cardboard Camera and in addition to capturing 360-degree images, it also lets you share VR photos online and enjoy them in virtual reality with Google’s Cardboard and similar accessories along with VR photos taken by other people. Read More


iPhone 7’s much improved low-light photography comes into focus at U.S. Open

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 12, 2016

After sharing gorgeous action pics Sports Illustrated photographer snapped at yesterday’s Titans-Vikings NFL matchup with an iPhone 7 Plus, Apple CEO Tim Cook highlighted on Twitter a new batch of images that show off improved low-light capabilities of the new camera system on the iPhone 7/Plus. The shots were taken on an iPhone 7 Plus by ESPN photographer Landon Nordeman during the men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka on the last day of the US Open. Read More


Stunning NFL game day photos show off the power of iPhone 7 Plus camera

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 12, 2016

Professional photographer David Klutho took some stunning action photographs for the Sports Illustrated magazine at yesterday’s Titans-Vikings NFL matchup. The images were taken with an iPhone 7 Plus and highlighted on Twitter by Apple CEO Tim Cook. The iPhone 7 Plus contains the same camera smarts as the 4.7-inch iPhone 7, except for the addition of a second lens with 2x optical zoom. Read More


Is the iPhone 7 Plus dual-camera system worth getting the larger iPhone?

By Sébastien Page on Sep 8, 2016

In previous years, the slight camera upgrade in the Plus model, never was a strong enough differentiator for me to upgrade the size of my iPhone. After all, 4.7 inch is the right size for me. Anything bigger and I’d need a man purse to carry it around.

Rumors leading up to the unveiling of the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus made it sound like the dual camera module on the larger device was going to be a big deal. For many, including yours truly, doubt started settling in. But after watching the event and going though Apple’s website, I’m not sure the iPhone 7 Plus dual-lens camera system is actually worth it. Explanation: Read More


No, the new iPhones don’t capture 4K video in 60 FPS as was rumored

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 7, 2016

We now know that a Vietnamese site which said it had used a real iPhone 7 and made claims that the device would be capable of shooting 4K video at a silky smooth 60 FPS, was lying to us.

Apple’s just wrapped up its iPhone 7 presentation, press releases are up on the site, the store is back online and we can clearly see that the iPhone 7 Technical Specifications webpage states in black and white that the much-enhanced camera system on both new phones still captures 4K video at 30 FPS, just like the iPhone 6/6s series. Read More

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