Apple’s Amazon Echo rival could detect users via built-in camera and facial recognition

By Christian Zibreg on May 27, 2016

Apple’s rumored Amazon Echo rival, which we learned yesterday could actually be an upgraded Apple TV, will have a built-in camera and use facial recognition to detect users as they enter the room, said the people briefed on Apple’s plans who spoke to CNET on condition of anonymity.

Upon recognizing a user, the device would pull up their preferences, such as the music and lighting they like, the sources said. Read More

 

Another leaked schematics reaffirms dual-camera as iPhone 7 Plus exclusive

By Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2016

Differences between the 4.7-inch iPhone 6/6s and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus are mostly confined to screen size, battery and optical image stabilization on the bigger model.

With the next iPhone, this imaging gap between the regular-sized model and its 5.5-inch brethren is expected to widen by a significant margin.

Purported iPhone 7 technical drawing discovered on Chinese forum Baidu by Italian-language HDBlog serves as yet another indication that the flagship iPhone 7 Plus model will be exclusively outfitted with a rumored dual-camera system, leaving the regular-sized iPhone 7 model with modest photography improvements stemming from a larger camera package. Read More

 

Camera bump to remain part of iPhone design for another year, leaked photo suggests

By Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2016

A claimed photo of an alleged 4.7-inch iPhone 7 backplate, which surfaced on a Weibo account this morning, gives us a closer look at the handset’s protruding camera, cleaner antenna lines and more. Prior leaks showed a camera design not flush with the housing, but the new photo suggests that the rear camera could be slightly bevelled, too. Read More

 

Alleged iPhone 7 Plus parts reaffirm dual cameras, suggest 16/64/256GB models

By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2016

French leaker Steven Hemmerstoffer yesterday republished an image of some claimed iPhone 7 Plus components, found on Weibo.

The photo appears to show an alleged dual-camera module said to be destined for the handset’s refresh, along with NAND flash chips which suggest that the iPhone 7 could include a new 256-gigabyte model.

The presence of both 16GB and 64GB memory modules on the photo might indicate that, disappointingly, the iPhone’s highly criticized low-storage 16GB model won’t be going away with the forthcoming hardware refresh. Read More

 

iPhone 7 may launch with LG-made dual-lens camera because Sony is behind schedule

By Christian Zibreg on May 20, 2016

Remember the rumor, backed by a report from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, that only a 5.5-inch model of an ‘iPhone 7’ would have a dual-lens camera while its 4.7-inch brethren would get stuck with a boring single-camera module?

Now we know where that came from: Apple’s camera supplier Sony has fallen behind schedule, prompting the iPhone maker to add another dual-camera supplier to the mix: LG’s Innotek division. That’s the current word on the street, according to a Barron’s report citing Nomura Securities analysts. Read More

 

Will iPhone 7 camera support laser auto-focus?

By Christian Zibreg on May 17, 2016

Recently leaked images of a purported iPhone 7 backplate have since puzzled technology watchers, who scratch their heads over an additional hole that sits between the rear iSight camera and the LED flash. iPhones already have one hole on the back for a microphone that improves Siri reception and suppresses background noise during phone calls. Read More

 

This iPhone 7 design drawing lacks stereo speakers

By Christian Zibreg on May 11, 2016

As you know, prior rumors have insisted that Apple’s iPhone 7 will arrive outfitted with the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector and a dual-speaker setup.

Hope you’re ready for some bad news though: design blueprints that surfaced today pour cold water on those rumors, suggesting strongly that the new phones won’t have stereo speakers. As for two compelling hardware additions—the Smart Connector and dual-lens cameras—they’ll be iPhone 7 Plus-exclusives. Read More

 

Apple makes your Mom star in ‘Shot on iPhone’ ad

By Christian Zibreg on May 6, 2016

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and Apple is taking notice. In addition to airing a Mother’s Day-themed iPhone 6s ad and sending an email blast to remind customers to pick up an Apple Watch as a Mother’s Day gift recommendation, the company has now launched a dedicated website that lets you make your Mom appear in her own ‘Shot on iPhone’ film.

The interactive web app is aptly named “Moms Shot on iPhone” and is really amazing. Read More

 

How to use your old iPhone as a home security camera

By Sébastien Page on Apr 27, 2016

If you have an old iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch laying around that is just collecting dust, why not put it to work by turning it into an affordable home monitoring camera? We’re not talking about a full-featured surveillance system here, but just a simple setup that can live stream anything happening in your house, and send motion alerts directly to you should it detect activity.

In this post we’ll be showing you how to convert your spare iOS device, whether it is an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, into a video monitoring camera. The best part is, it’s completely free and you should be up and running in just a few minutes. Read More

 

Facebook hopes a standalone camera app with Live Video might re-engage users

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 26, 2016

Facebook used to have a dedicated camera app on the App Store that didn’t get much love from users so it was eventually pulled.

But now, the company is said to be working on a brand new, standalone mobile application designed to encourage its 1.6 billion users to create and share more photos and videos, including live video broadcasts, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. Read More

 

New iPhone 6s commercials are all about Touch ID, 4K video capture and chopping onions

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 25, 2016

Following its nicely done Earth Day ads featuring iMessage and a recycling robot dubbed Liam, Apple on Monday released a pair of brand new television commercials for the iPhone 6s, which promote Touch ID and the handset’s ability to capture video in crisp 4K resolution through the lens of its twelve-megapixel rear camera.

The new commercials, titled “Fingerprint” and “Onions,” run thirty seconds each and are available on Apple’s official YouTube channel, but we’ve embedded them into this article for your viewing pleasure. Read More

 

GoPro unveils powerful new cameras and an app for viewing 360-degree and VR content

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 18, 2016

Monday, action camera maker GoPro announced at The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show a pair of powerful new camera rigs in the Omni and Odyssey series alongside a new VR sharing platform and a brand new mobile application which lets you view 360-degree videos and virtual reality content hosted at vr.gopro.com on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

The new six-camera synchronized Omni rig costs five grands and packs in pro-grade features that allow pixel-level synchronization, making stitching in post-production easier and more exact than using unsynchronized camera arrays.

Pricing for the more capable panoramic stereoscopic 16-camera Odyssey rig, which is optimized to work with Google’s Jump VR Platform, will be out of the reach for most people unless they create professional VR content for a living. Read More

 

Quickly and easily record animated GIFs with Giphy Cam

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 18, 2016

Animated GIFs are fun, the only thing is, creating them generally requires a computer and either some fancy GIF-making software, or a website that can convert video files to animated GIFs.

Fortunately, for those of you that spend most of your time mobile, rather than at a computer, the free GiphyCam app from the App Store provides an all-in-one experience for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users.

We’ll talk about GiphyCam in this piece and show you how you can use it to record your own animated GIFs right from your mobile device. Read More

 

Facebook open-sources a camera design for capturing spherical footage in 3D

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 13, 2016

At its annual developers conference, the F8, which kicked off yesterday, the social networking giant Facebook announced an open-source spherical camera rig design which can shoot 360-degree video in 3D. Dubbed the Facebook Surround 360, the design consists of as many as fourteen wide-angle cameras bolted onto the horizontal ring.

There’s also a fish-eye camera on top and two on the bottom for a total of seventeen cameras that are synced with a global shutter mechanism. The accompanying software stitches the individual videos together into one seamless 360-degree footage. Read More

 

iFixit: 9.7-inch iPad Pro uses ‘gobs of adhesive’, making repair ‘miserable’

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 4, 2016

Repair wizards over at iFixit have torn apart Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad Pro (model A1673) only to discover that the device is extremely difficult to repair due to “gobs of adhesive” used to keep the components secured in place.

In addition to copious adhesive, the device’s smaller form factor, the addition of four speakers and some “weird cabling choices” have earned the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro a sad 2 out of 10 repairability score, same as the original iPad Air and a point less than the first iPad Pro. “We think this is the most glue we’ve seen in an iPad to date, making repair miserable,” concluded iFixit. Read More

 

KGI: dual cameras to be exclusive to 5.5″ iPhone 7

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 4, 2016

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 will feature dual cameras for improved photography features, but only on the flagship 5.5-inch model, according to an investment note by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider this morning.

The analyst, who has a strong track record in predicting Apple’s future product plans, thinks that iPhone shipments will fall below 200 million units this year due to a soft iPhone SE launch and weakening demand for the current flagship iPhone model, the iPhone 6s. Read More

 

9.7″ iPad Pro certainly doesn’t skimp on camera tech, but is this a new normal for iPads?

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2016

Apple’s best mobile cameras go into iPhones, not iPads, though a curious thing happened at today’s unveiling of a smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro—both it and the iPhone 6s share a powerful Apple-designed camera subsystem which takes sharp snaps in twelve megapixels and shoots video in 4K.

Even more curiously, the bigger 12.9-inch iPad Pro remains stuck with a previous-generation shooter even though that device was released barely six months ago.

The decision to give the 9.7-inch iPad Pro virtually the same camera subsystem as the iPhone 6s is a welcome surprise which we hope kicks off a new trend for Apple. Read More

 

Everything we expect from Apple’s ‘Let us loop you in’ event on Monday

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2016

As you know, Apple has scheduled a media event on its Cupertino campus on this coming Monday, March 21. Earlier this month, the company sent out its predictably cryptic invites with the “Let us loop you in” tagline to select members of the press.

It looks to be a pretty significant event.

On top of an all-new four-inch iPhone model, we’re expecting other announcements like a smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro, new Apple Watch bands—including a black edition of the Milanese Loop—and a bunch of enhancements for Apple’s operating systems. Read More

 

Review: ZhiYun Z1 Smooth-C gimbal gives your iPhone all the video stabilization it’ll ever need

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 17, 2016

If you use your iPhone for any kind of video production, then a gimbal should definitely be one of the top things on your wish-list if you don’t already have one.

In this review, we’ll be giving you an in-depth look at the ZhiYun Z1 Smooth-C 3-axis handheld stabilizing gimbal. This is a tool that many videographers use to keep their recording device of choice nice and steady, even when walking or running around. Read More

 

iPhone 7 Plus to get iPad Pro’s Smart Connector?

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 15, 2016

Chinese website Bastille Post on Tuesday published a purported image of Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 7 Plus that it swears is the real deal.

The photo, obtained from an unnamed source,  seems to corroborate prior rumors that the iPhone 7 Plus will come outfitted with a dual-lens camera system on the back.

It also reveals a curious hardware addition that the rumor-mill has not predicted thus far: a Smart Connector. If true, the Smart Connector may be coming to all iOS devices. As you know, Apple first unveiled the Smart Connector on the iPad Pro last fall.  Read More

 
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