While a lot of attention has been put on the upgraded camera coming to the iPhone 4, we thought we would compare some iPhone camera apps that don't require a ton of megapixels to make great pictures. Each of these apps help the iPhone take cheap retro looking photos, like the plastic cameras that used to be popular in the late 70s/early 80s. In this shootout, we chose three apps that seemed the most complete and advertised the ability to create awesome retro pics.
There were several little features that appeared in Steve Job's keynote on Thursday, most of which weren't even discussed during the presentation. Steve mentioned quickly that the iPhone, with OS 4.0, will support bluetooth keyboards just like the iPad. Spell check on the iPhone will be on par with the iPad spell check, which underlines misspelled words more like the Mac OS and presents possible word options. Additionally, Steve mentioned that the Photos app will now feature "places" to group geo-tagged photos, much like iPhoto on the Mac. On the keynote slide, there are a couple of mentions of new mail features, such as file and delete search results, and the ability to choose an image size in a mail message.
Below is a screenshot of the keynote slide which shows only some of the 100 new features Apple says are coming to the iPhone this summer.
Although Apple's new iPad ad didn't show off any new features, several eagle-eyed viewers have managed to spot some interesting items. According to 9 to 5 Mac, iBookstore pricing seems to have fallen below Kindle's pricing. A listed Ted Kennedy memoir, "True Compass", retailed for $14.95 for the iPad version (the hardcover goes for $23 while the black and white Kindle version sells for $19.25.
A new patent application filed by Apple in August 2008 was published today that describes a new way of controlling a small handheld device like the iPhone by swiping a finger in front of the camera on the back of the device while it's still up to your ear. Uses for this might include voicemail options like rewind, fast forward, or pause, so you can control it while it's still against your head. It also suggests using the accelerometer to control tapping input to supplement finger swipes.
More evidence supporting a front-facing camera on the iPad surfaced today. A patent was published by the US Patent and Trademark Office today that was filed by Apple. The patent is actually for a method of compensating for differences in camera components by taking an image and calibrating the color to an image in order to compensate for any non-uniformity in the lens, but the illustration is the most interesting part by far. Weirdly, however, the illustration looks more like an oversized iPod Classic than an iPhone or iPad, but that may be to trick us. Thankfully we're very smart, and can see through their trickery.
For a while, having a 5-megapixel camera in your smartphone was considered to be pretty hot stuff, but HD video is quickly becoming the next big thing for smartphones. Now a few hints are starting to come together that may be a sign that the iPhone will be jumping on the HD video bandwagon in the next revision.
During last week's flurry of iPad rumors and leaks, photos of what looks like the next generation iPhone have been ignored for about a week. According to AppleInsider, people with "an impeccable track record in matters such as these" say that Engadget's leaked iPad photos also show a next-generation iPhone prototype. However, because the photos are oddly blurry, AppleInsider asked if Engadget had photos of higher quality, which they don't.
Interestingly, the iPhone pictured doesn't show the shiny metal bezel around its perimeter. It could indicate that the next iPhone lacks the chrome, but it's more likely that the iPhone is in a protective case, similar to the iPad below it.
We were pretty disappointed when we saw that the much-awaited iPad didn't have the front-facing camera we've been waiting so long to see, either in the iPad or one of their other non-laptop mobile devices. Now, despite confirmation of our dashed hopes from several hands-on reports, some photos are hitting the web that are re-kindling hope for a front-facing camera.
The next iPhone might be half Magic Mouse, according to Bloomberg analyst Robert Chen. He says that the next iPhone will not only have a touch-sensative screen on the front of the device, but will also have a multitouch surface on the back of the device as well, implemented in a similar way to Apple's Magic Mouse, which replaces mechanical buttons with a multitouch surface across the top of its plastic shell.
The notoriously reliable John Gruber said in a post on Daring Fireball that he heard there is neither a camera nor webcam of any kind on the rumored-and-probably-leaked-by-Apple Apple Tablet. This contradicts rumors we've been hearing that say exactly the contrary, saying that it was sure to have a front-facing iSight camera, just like the Macbook and iMac lines.
"And, for what it’s worth, I’m hearing there is no camera, webcam or otherwise, on The Tablet," he wrote.