The new Fire, Vapor, Water and Liquid Metal faces are more special than meets the eye. Rather than render them in CGI software, Apple has actually set things on fire in a studio, using real water and vapor elements to create these gorgeous new motion faces in the watchOS 5 software.
Apple’s first-look video shows off iPhone Xs’s camera improvements that in this generation mostly revolve around software and computational photography improvements stemming from machine learning advances. For this video, a pair of videographers used 4K, Slo-mo and Time-lapse shooting modes to create nice-looking scenes featuring water, fire, metal and light.
Apple has posted various videos show during today’s iPhone Xs event to its YouTube channel. These include promo clips for the iPhone Xs, Xs Max and Xr, as well as Apple Watch Series 4. Of course, you can always go back and re-watch the event in its entirety, but for the folks who want to just get to the mean of the big announcements, these videos are a great starting point.
Instagram has confirmed that it’s running a trial of a potential new feature with a small percentage of its users that would permit people to tag their friends in their video posts, not just in photos.
Group FaceTime calling has even yanked out of iOS 12 beta 7 and macOS Mojave 10.14 beta 7, possibly indicating that Apple might have pulled the feature simply because it felt it wasn’t ready for prime time yet.