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


iPhone 7 Plus features dual 12MP rear cameras with 2x optical zoom

By Cody Lee on Sep 7, 2016

As rumored, the iPhone 7 Plus features a significantly better camera system than that of the iPhone 7. It comes with dual 12MP rear cameras, with a wide-angle and telephoto lens, that make the handset capable of taking noticeably better photos.

With the two 12MP cameras, the iPhone 7 Plus is capable of 2x optical zoom and 10x software zoom. This means that you’ll be able to get closer to your subject than ever before. You’ll see a new button overlay on screen that says 1x, which you can tap to jump to 2x.

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iPhone 7 has a completely new camera with upgraded specs and features

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 7, 2016

Apple has unveiled the all-new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at Wednesday’s keynote event and one of the biggest new features of the redesigned device is the updated rear-facing camera. Read More


Last minute iPhone 7 leak shows new LED flash, glossy black colorway & more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 7, 2016

We have some last minute images of claimed iPhone 7 units leaked by Vietnamese outlet Techsignin ahead of Apple’s iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 event today. A pair of photos provide yet another look at the backside of the iPhone 7, showing a rumored new four-part LED flash, a slightly curved camera design, a waterproof SIM tray and more.

Of course, the photos also show off that new black colorway that many people seem to be clamoring for. Check out the images and post your thoughts in the comments. Read More


All iPhone 7 models are allegedly capable of shooting 4K video at a silky smooth 60 FPS

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 6, 2016

The iPhone 6s series brought the biggest camera jump so far, with the front shooter upgraded to a five-megapixel lens and the rear one going from eight to twelve megapixels with the ability to capture 4K video at thirty frames per second (FPS). Aside from other changes in the camera department, the next iPhone is said to double the frame rate for 4K recordings, letting you capture action at a silky smooth 60 FPS, according to a Vietnamese site that has allegedly used a real iPhone 7. Read More


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

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