KGI: iPhone 8’s FaceTime camera to support 3D sensing, AR, biometric authentication & more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 21, 2017

We heard before that Apple might integrate augmented reality features into iPhone 8’s Camera app and now KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has provided fresh details about a “revolutionary” front-facing camera system that will “bring an innovative user experience” to Apple’s first OLED iPhone.

In a note to clients, obtained by AppleInsider, the analyst writes that a pair of infrared transmitting and receiving sensors on the FaceTime camera will help the next iPhone provide features ranging from 3D sensing and modeling to advanced biometric authentication combining facial scanning and Touch ID fingerprint recognition. Read More

 

Snapchat kicks off online sales of iPhone-connected Spectacles

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 20, 2017

Spectacles, a pair of camera glasses developed and manufactured by Snapchat, are no longer exclusively distributed via the company’s pop-up vending machines, called Snapbots. Today, Spectacles became available for purchase online, CNET reported Monday. Available in three vivid colors and expected to ship in 2-4 weeks, the $130 Google Glass-like accessory is now available online via spectacles.com. Read More

 

Watch Apple’s latest ads promoting Portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2017

Lately, Apple has been amping up its advertising efforts concerning its flagship dual-lens iPhone 7 Plus model, as part of its broader “Shot in iPhone” campaign. Following its “Creek” and “Soul Mate” ads earlier this month which showcased Portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus and prior commercials highlighting the handset’s enhanced low-light photography features, the company yesterday posted two new ads on its YouTube channel, titled “Boyfriend” and “Profile Picture”. Read More

 

Camera Tools is an all-inclusive customization tweak for your iPhone’s Camera app

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 16, 2017

The Camera app is something that a lot of iPhone users will open and use every single day, sometimes multiple times per day. The convenience of a point-and-shoot camera app at your fingertips, anywhere you go, is nothing short of a technological miracle that comes standard on today’s modern mobile devices.

On the other hand, as Apple introduces more features into the Camera app with each iOS release, the interface becomes more cluttered with features you may or may not use, and that’s why a new free jailbreak tweak called Camera Tools by developer Justin Petkovic has just been released in Cydia. Read More

 

D-Link’s 180-degree home surveillance camera with HomeKit support hits Apple.com

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 15, 2017

D-Link’s Omna 180 Cam HD Camera is now available to purchase from Apple.com, priced at $200. Unveiled at CES 2017 last month, D-Link’s new accessory for the connected home is certified for Apple’s HomeKit platform, meaning users can control it in the stock Home app on their iPhone or iPad.

Omna 180 Cam HD Camera files as the world’s first home surveillance accessory that comes with native HomeKit video integration.

The smart home device features a 180-degree wide angle lens capable of capturing an entire room, Full HD 1080p video resolution, two-way audio, night vision up to 16 feet (five meters), even in complete darkness, and a microSD card slot. Read More

 

Watch Apple’s Brazilian Carnaval-themed video showcasing Portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 14, 2017

Following a pair of iPhone 7 Plus ads showcasing the depth of field shooting mode made possible by the dual-lens camera on iPhone 7 Plus, Apple shared another video on its Brazilian YouTube channel

First spotted by local blog Blogdoiphone, the video runs one minute and thirty seconds long and serves as the celebration of the Brazillian Carnaval festivities. Read More

 

Apple shares new ads highlighting Portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2017

Apple this morning shared a pair of new commercials through its official YouTube channel. Titled “Creek” and “Soul Mate,” the 30-second videos focus on depth of field photography made possible by the dual-lens system on iPhone 7 Plus and the accompanying Portrait shooting mode in the stock Camera application.

Be sure to watch the new ads and tell us how you liked them in comments. Read More

 

“Shot on iPhone” continues with low-light photos taken on iPhone 7/Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 30, 2017

Apple today launched a new iPhone photography showcase, called “One Night on iPhone 7,” that’s part of its ongoing “Shot on iPhone” advertising campaign. According to the company’s media release issued Monday, “One Night on iPhone 7” launches today in 25 countries globally.

The campaign features night shots snapped by a group of iPhone photographers that are meant to showcase the low-light capabilities of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cameras. You can download them from the Apple Newsroom website. Read More

 

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

 
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