Sony to supply 12MP camera for iPhone 6s with RGBW subpixels for better low-light photography

By Christian Zibreg on May 26, 2015

Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony is a longtime supplier of best-in-class mobile cameras for iPhones and iPads. That said, it’s hardly a surprise that the company is now rumored to retain its role as a sole supplier of CMOS sensor for the next iPhone’s back-facing iSight camera, according to fresh news reports published in the Japanese media.

While the current-generation iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature Sony’s eight-megapixel Exmor RS ISX014 sensor out the back with 1.5 Focus Pixel technology, the next iPhones are understood to incorporate a higher-resolution twelve-megapixel Sony module with RGBW subpixel technology that should improve the handsets’ photography performance in low-light conditions. Read More

 

Shazam gains camera support for scanning QR codes and images with Shazam camera logo

By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2015

Music identification app Shazam now lets you scan QR Codes thanks to the latest update with camera support.

Now any image that contains QR codes or the Shazam camera logo can be scanned within the app to unlock additional content, interactive experiences, special offers and other embedded content. Read More

 

Olloclip launches new telephoto and ultra wide-angle Active Lens for latest iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on May 20, 2015

Joining its existing range of various lens attachments and special cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Olloclip on Wednesday announced a new Active Lens accessory that combines a telephoto lens with an ultra wide-angle lens.

The pocket-sized accessory requires no extra parts, can be snapped on both front and rear-facing cameras and ships with three wearable pendants to keep your lens safe and within arm’s reach. Read More

 

Analyst “confirms” 12MP camera with smaller pixels for the next iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on May 15, 2015

Apple’s forthcoming iPhone refresh — presumably an ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ — is set for a major upgrade in the camera department as Apple has reportedly relented and decided to join the megapixel race with a twelve-megapixel iSight camera on the back of the new phone(s).

But the megapixels don’t tell the whole story.

According to Kevin Wang, IHS’s Technology Research Director for China, the pixel size will be smaller, raising questions about the camera’ performance in low-light conditions. Read More

 

Watch Bentley’s second ‘Intelligent Details’ film, shot and edited on latest iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on May 15, 2015

Last year, car maker Bentley produced a documentary video to promote its $300,000 Mulsanne, using specialized accessories and a few App Store apps to shoot and edit the promotional film entirely on the iPhone 5s and iPads.

Now Bentley has upgraded to the latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets to shoot a new short film, officially part of Bentley’s ‘Intelligent Details’ series, with a little help from stabilized camera systems, professional lenses and filters and apps like FiLMiC Pro. Read More

 

How to use Apple Watch’s Digital Crown as a remote camera shutter in compatible iPhone apps

By Christian Zibreg on May 14, 2015

The built-in Camera Remote app for your Apple Watch turns the wearable device into a viewfinder for the iSight camera on your iPhone. With it, you can see a live preview of what your iPhone sees, snap a photo or set the timer on the iPhone’s camera, all from your wrist.

But did you know that you can also use the Digital Crown as a remote shutter in any iPhone camera application that allows you to use the volume up button to take pictures? According to Reddit, this can be done by rotating the Digital Crown in the Apple Watch’s Music app or Glance. Read More

 

Apple buys Israeli camera technology company LinX Imaging

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2015

In a bid to potentially boost its mobile imaging prowess, Apple has purchased an Israeli camera technology company called LinX Imaging for a reported $20 million, according to a Dow Jones report cited in a tweet by CNBC and later confirmed by Apple.

LinX, which builds miniature multi-aperture cameras designed for mobile devices, could help improve imaging features of future iPhones.

And because its technology is also used in tablets and so-called ultrabooks (ultra-thin notebooks akin to Apple’s MacBook Air), there’s a reasonable likelihood that we may see significantly improved cameras come to Apple’s Mac computers and iPad tablet lineup. Read More

 

RecordPause lets you pause and resume video recording in the stock Camera app

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 25, 2015

RecordPause is a recently released jailbreak tweak that allows you to pause and resume the stock Camera app while shooting video. Some of the more popular social media apps, like Vine and Instagram, have a similar feature. Now, thanks to RecordPause, you can pause and resume video right from within the stock iOS camera as well. Read More

 

Camera+ gains Today widget, full iPhone 6 support, direct Instagram sharing and better white balance

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2015

My favorite camera and photo-editing application, Camera+ for iPhone from Taptaptap, has received a long-overdue refresh Wednesday.

Now the app finally takes full advantage of the new screen resolutions provided by the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus because “there’s just no substitute for a pixel-perfect, custom UI designed specifically for your megaphone.”

The previous versions used automatic scaling, which resulted in a blown up interface that didn’t feel at home on new iPhones. Also new in Camera+ 6.2: advanced white balance control using a dial.

You’ll also love direct sharing to Instagram and a handy Today widget which not only lets you quickly open Camera+ from anywhere, but puts handy photo tips and inspirational photo quotes of the day right into the iOS Notification Center. Read More

 

QR Mode turns the stock Camera app into an awesome QR code reader

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 15, 2015

In some countries, like Japan for example, QR codes are prolific and people user them often. Although that’s not the case in the United States, and probably never will be, it does seem like there has been an uptick in QR code usage in the last few years. A new jailbreak tweak called QR Mode will certainly help its cause, among jailbreakers at least.

QR Mode is by far the best looking and best functioning QR code reader on Cydia, and it’s even better than standalone app offerings found in the App Store. Its feature set is well-rounded, its implementation seriously impressive, and it doesn’t feel overly intrusive. Although it suffers from a few bugs, QR Mode is well worth its $1.99 asking price, especially if these bugs can be stamped out. Read More

 

PhotoRes: adjust the aspect ratio of photos taken with the Camera app

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 13, 2015

Notice the interesting aspect ratio of this photo? This was done on the fly using PhotoRes, a free new jailbreak tweak available on Cydia’s BigBoss repo.

PhotoRes allows users to select from over a dozen pre-defined aspect ratios along with adjusting the resolution of photos taken with the stock Camera app. Once the settings are established, you can begin taking photos using the changes immediately, as no pesky resprings are required. Read More

 

Nutshell for iPhone lets you create beautiful cinematic stories from your photos in an instant

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 11, 2015

Nutshell Camera from the team at Prezi should probably be the latest addition to your iPhone photography arsenal.

Available free in the App Store, it’s really easy to use. Just pick three photos from your Camera roll, add some fun captions and graphics and let Nutshell do its magic. The app will map your photos to video, creating an instantly shareable cinematic story.

Your visual vignettes can be shared with the web at large by posting them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or sent to via SMS, email, WhatsApp and more. Read More

 

iPhone 6s rumored to keep same 8MP rear-camera sensor as previous generations

By Jake Smith on Feb 9, 2015

The component industry is expecting the rear-camera for the iPhone 6s to retain the same 8-megapixel sensor Apple has been using in previous generations of the iPhone. As such, it appears Apple won’t be jumping on the 16-megapixel bandwagon of insanely increasing megapixel count for marketing purposes.

The rumor on Monday is centered around a report from Taipei-based analyst Jeff Pu who claims the iPhone 6s will have the same camera hardware specifications as previous models, according to Taipei Times. Pu is formulating his predictions around one supplier. Read More

 

iPhone 6s rumor: Force Touch, dual-lens camera with optical zoom

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2015

Apple pundit John Gruber said in November that the next iPhone refresh — likely to be marketed under the ‘iPhone 6s’ name — will include “the biggest camera jump ever” and now UDN’s supply chain sources are chiming in with some details.

According to the report Tuesday, relayed by GforGames, the next iPhone will feature a dual-lens camera out the back that will have optical zoom capabilities rather than digital zooming like all prior iPhone models.

Moreover, Apple is rumored to use some form a 3D pressure sensor akin to Force Touch technology that Apple Watch uses to sense the difference between a tap and a press. Read More

 

CES 2015: upgraded Flir One thermal imager has 4x resolution, works with any Lightning iOS device

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 7, 2015

This time last year at at CES in Las Vegas, the world’s first private thermal imager, the Flir One, was announced and released six months later in the form of a case that slides onto an iPhone 5/5s. And now at CES 2015, a much improved version got unveiled which works with any Lightning-enabled iOS device and Android smartphones via USB.

Additionally, a Flir One software developer kit (SDK) was released in December for the iOS platform.

Android developers will gain access to the SDK in the Spring. Both iOS and Android editions of the Flir One SDK will let programmers write apps which access absolute temperature data for all pixels and control the camera’s shutter mode, in both manual and automatic settings. Read More

 

CES 2015: Polaroid shows off new tablet, mobile printer, Wi-Fi camera and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2015

Like virtually every other tech company under the sun, Polaroid, one of the most recognized brands in the world, took to CES to show off latest innovation.

Among the announcements that are of interest to our Apple-focused readers, Polaroid showed off a mobile printer, a social instant camera and a Wi-Fi connected camera that all work with iPhones and iPads.

They also announced a new Android-driven tablet, an easy to use automobile dash cameras designed to capture the unexpected, a 65-inch 4K ultra high definition LED TV with HD ultra slim sound bars and TV wall mounts and more. Read More

 

Camrix: a brand new camera experience for jailbroken iPhones

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 5, 2015

Camrix is an upcoming jailbreak tweak that allows you to compose and take photos and videos from anywhere on your iPhone. The tweak, which is enabled by means of an Activator gesture, places a camera viewfinder overlay on screen that allows you to capture photos and video from the front or rear-facing camera at any time. Needless to say, Camrix is an impressive upcoming tweak that holds lots of promise. Read More

 

CameraModes: easily disable camera features that you’ll never use

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 2, 2015

I can probably count on one hand how many times I’ve used Panorama or Slo-mo on my iPhone 6 Plus. in fact, the same could probably said about Time-lapse and Square mode. The only Camera app modes that I use on a consistent basis are the standard Photo and Videos modes. CameraModes is a new jailbreak tweak for people like me. It allows users to disable unused modes in order to simplify the Camera app interface. Read More

 

Apple pushes ‘Start Something New’ webpage worldwide to highlight iOS’ artistic nature

By Jake Smith on Jan 1, 2015

Apple’s marketing team has pushed a new webpage worldwide titled “Start Something New” to highlight the iPad as a way of creating art through drawings and photographs. Read More

 

CameraTweak 3: a good Camera app upgrade, but not as compelling as its predecessors

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 23, 2014

The CameraTweak series of jailbreak tweaks is a long-running series that first debuted over two years ago for iOS 6. At the time, it brought many features to the iPhone’s Camera app that were sorely missing. Things like adding a countdown timer and improved exposure and focus control are just a few of the enhancements that jailbreakers welcomed with opened arms. Now that the stock Camera app has been dramatically improved in iOS 7 and iOS 8, is CameraTweak 3 the compelling tweak that its predecessors were? Read More

 
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