By Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2013
Good news for 500px users this afternoon. The popular photo sharing site has updated its iOS client with a handful of design and performance improvements, including some new iOS 7 UI tweaks and a new animated login screen.
The 500px app has been iOS 7-friendly since October, but today’s update brings about full support for the new OS with things like beautiful blurred backgrounds, flattened icons, and more. The full 2.4 change log is up after the fold… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2013
If you’re an iPhone photography fan and follow me here on iDownloadBlog, chances are you’ve by now figured out that Taptaptap‘s Camera+ is my go-to photography application for the iPhone and iPad.
After failing to jump on the initial iOS 7 app update bus, the team has finally pushed a major update for the iPhone and iPod touch edition that includes substantial iOS 7-makeover along with the flattened app icon and a bunch – and I really mean a bunch – of new tools and filters.
Jump past the fold for the full reveal… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 4, 2013
Following a significant delay, the Internet giant Google finally released its free Wallet for iPhone app back in September 2013. But in bringing its troubled mobile payment service to Apple’s platform, Google left out some of the capabilities found in Wallet’s Android counterpart, such as the ability to make in-store payments with the app (not surprising considering iPhones lack NFC). The company added a few new features via two recent updates and today the Wallet app has been refreshed with some new functionality.
For starters, you can now instantly sign on to Wallet if you use other iOS apps from Google. Google previously rolled out this rather useful feature to its popular iOS apps, allowing you to, say, just tap your Google Account already used in Chrome in order to log in to the Gmail iOS app.
Go past the fold for additional details… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 26, 2013
A monster 600+ page Apple patent application surfaced yesterday, detailing some of the things it’s been working on with Touch ID. It mentions using the sensor underneath the Home button as a trackpad, and even talks about embedding the sensor right into the iPhone’s display.
Today, a new invention by Apple has popped up on the web, this time for a patent that it has already been awarded. It’s called ‘Digital camera including refocusable imaging mode adaptor,’ and it details a camera that includes refocusing capabilities—similar to that of the Lytro… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 24, 2013
Looking for something special to get that someone special in your life for the holidays? Well if they’re an iPhone 5/5s user and like taking photos, we may have just the thing for you: a 4 piece iPhone lens kit.
The kit includes an 8x telephoto lens with custom snap-on mounting case, a fisheye lens, a macro/wide angle lens, and a 2x telephoto lens. And for a limited time, Stack Social is taking 62% off the bundle’s usual price… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 11, 2013
A recently released jailbreak tweak, called Burst Mode, allows users to continuously take photos with iOS 6′s stock Camera app. It’s not as feature rich as the burst mode found in iOS 7 for the 5s, but it’s a nice compromise for jailbroken iOS 6 users.
Burst Mode allows you to take as many photos as you want using a simple tap and hold on the shutter button, or a press and hold on your iOS device’s physical volume button. Along with its burst mode capabilities, the tweak features a nice array of bonus features to take advantage of as well. Have a look inside as we look at what makes this free jailbreak tweak tick. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Oct 31, 2013
You know how they say that sometimes more is less. Some also say that specs don’t really matter anymore. Well, it all comes true in a camera shootout carried out by the folks at Laptop Mag between the Nokia Lumia 1020, and the iPhone 5s. For those who are still keeping track of specs out there, let’s note that the Lumia 1020 comes with a whopping 41MP camera. Apparently that wasn’t enough to beat the iPhone 5s 8MP camera though…
The iPhone 5s conclusively beat the Nokia Lumia 1020 in our photo face-off, taking seven out of 10 rounds–and tying one. Even after updating the Lumia 1020′s camera software, which reduced issues with the blue color cast on many images, colors were still more accurate on the iPhone. Apple’s device also excelled when delivering detail and contrast.
By Cody Lee on Oct 28, 2013
It’s only been a month or so since Apple seeded iOS 7 to the public, and it’s already posted 3 updates. Now, these updates haven’t been very significant in terms of new features, but they have include several bug fixes and improvements.
In fact, one of those improvements only just came to light. GottaBeMobile reports today that with iOS 7.0.2, Apple quietly added Burst Mode enhancements to the iPhone 5s, making the feature more useful while helping save space… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 24, 2013
We’re big fans of iPhoneography here at iDB—you’ve probably noticed our weekly segment on the subject. We love learning different tricks and techniques to help us take better-looking photos with our iPhones, and then sharing them with others.
So with that in mind, we thought we’d pass along the news that the MPA has begun accepting submissions for its 3rd annual Mobile Photography Awards. The contest is the largest of its kind, open to everyone, and features $15,000 in cash and prizes…
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 16, 2013
The iPhone camera lens attachment maker, Olloclip, today updated its multipurpose 3-in-1 iPhone 5 camera lens (it started out as a Kickstarter project) with compelling new features. The new 4-in-1 module packs in fisheye and a pair of wide angle lenses as before, with the addition of a more powerful 15x macro lens. The other side of the dual-sided accessory sports the 10x macro lens with an 18mm focus distance which was retained from the original model. Jump past the fold for the full breakdown… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 8, 2013
It’s been more than a year since we first received word that Apple’s design wizard Jony Ive was going to be helping Leica design a limited-edition camera. The device, along with many others, was to be auctioned off for charity.
But the radio silence on the project ended today, with the German optics company revealing the ‘The Leica M for (RED).’ It’s a one-of-a-kind camera, designed by Ive, and it’s set to be auctioned off at Sotheby’s late next month… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 7, 2013
Camera+ users that have been having problems with the app crashing during burst-mode shooting will be happy to hear that the problem has been fixed. Developers tap tap tap issued an update today, bringing the app to version 4.2.
In addition to the burst-mode bug fix, the app also received a booster shot for the popular feature: your burst-mode snaps are now taken in high-resolution (for compatible devices), and a new filter pack. Release notes after the fold… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 2, 2013
Get ready, it looks like iPad-wielding picture-takers are about to multiply. According to a new report, Apple is going to beef up the iSight cameras in both its fifth generation iPad and second generation iPad mini this year.
Highly regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo sent out a note to investors this afternoon, claiming that the two tablets—which are expected to be unveiled later this month—will feature 8-megapixel shooters with larger apertures… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 20, 2013
Slo-Mo video capture is what all of the cool kids are doing these days, and if you happen to own a shiny new iPhone 5s, you can now join the fun.
The slow motion effect is the result of video that’s captured at a very high frame rate, and then slowed down. This allows you to have video with reduced speed without any herky-jerkyness. The end result is a professional quality slow motion effect that you and your friends will love. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2013
My favorite iOS camera app, Taptaptap’s Camera+, has received a major, major update this morning. In addition to the flattened appearance that removes clutter and gets rid of skeuomorphism in favor of iOS-friendly look and feel, Camera+ 4 can now (finally) post images to social services beyond Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.
Specifically, you can publish your touch ups to Instagram, Evernote and Dropbox. Also new: the ability to print images wirelessly using any AirPrint-compatible printer connected to the same network as your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad device and more.
We’re only getting started so I’ve included the full list of changes and enhancements in Camera+ 4.0 right past the fold… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 15, 2013
Among the many improvements Apple has made to the iPhone 5s is its redesigned rear camera. It seems like everything on the iSight shooter has been updated, from hardware to software—which includes new slow motion video and continuous burst modes.
And as it turns out, folks with the just-released Golden Master version of iOS 7 can play with the latter feature right now. Simply open up your Camera app, and when you go to take a photo, hold your finger down on the shutter to take continuous, rapid shots… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 10, 2013
Apple likely disappointed spec-watchers everywhere when it announced today that it kept the camera on the iPhone 5s at 8-megapixels. This means that, on paper at least, the handset is inferior to those with 12, 13 and 41mp sensors.
But as you’ll see in these sample photos, taken with an actual iPhone 5s, that’s just not the case. With its five-element Apple-designed lens, F2.2 aperture and 15% larger active sensor area, the 5s will hold its own among the best of them… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 10, 2013
Usually, Apple’s S-upgrades are big on camera improvements and the just-released iPhone 5s doesn’t disappoint in this regard. Although past S-upgrades increased pixel count on the back camera sensor – the iPhone 4S, for instance, introduced an eight-megapixel iSight camera, up from five megapixels on the iPhone 4 – the iPhone 5s’s back shooter remains stuck at eight megapixels.
But photography isn’t just about megapixels so Apple worked to improve low-light performance and the overal quality of your snaps, as well as enable new features like the super-slow motion video capture at 120 frames per second (stemming from the two-times faster 64-bit A7 chip).
Cody has already laid out some of the crucial new camera capabilities and now Apple has posted a video which takes us through some of the technologies that make the iPhone 5s the best iPhone camera yet… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 10, 2013
As expected, the new iPhone 5s features a significantly upgraded rear-facing iSight camera. It has a new five-element Apple-designed lens with an F2.2 aperture and a 15% larger active sensor area. The pixels are larger too:—1.5 microns.
The camera software has also been largely improved. The Camera app now sets white balance, exposure, and creates a “dynamic local tone map” with “autofocus matrix metering” for 15 zones—all automatically. More details after the fold… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 27, 2013
A new tweak from Auxo co-creator Jack Willis recently hit the Cydia store, and it fixes an issue that likely plagues more than a few iPhone photographers. CamBright is the name of the tweak, and it forces the iPhone’s screen brightness up to 100% whenever the stock Camera app is launched.
The tweak is great for those of you who don’t walk around all day with 100% brightness on your iPhone, but who like to have the full brightness whenever snapping photos or video. Have a look at our video that showcases how CamBright works. Read More