Word from an unnamed source says Apple has acquired large quantities of LED camera flash bulb components. Leading us to believe the next generation of iPhone will include a camera flash bulb. While the 3GS's 3.2 megapixel camera component is fairly decent, most of the big-name smartphones these days like the Motorola Droid and the Nexus One opt for the bulkier but far superior 5 megapixel components with flash bulbs to compensate for the lower effectiveness in low light.
A pair of recently released Apple patents hint that an upcoming iPhone may sport things like location sharing and the long-anticipated front-facing camera. The first describes a way to share location information with friends. You would simply send your location in a text or instant messenger application and they would open it up in the Maps app. We're guessing this will be implemented using the tech from the mapping company Apple acquired last October.
According to a somewhat-questionable source, OmniVision Technologies, the company that makes the camera components for the current iPhone 3G and 3GS, has been contracted again to make the camera components for the next generation of iPhone. The interesting thing about this source's claim is that they are saying that the camera component will be bumped from 3.2 megapixels to a whopping 5.
We've heard plenty about a future iPod touch getting the addition of a camera similar to the ones used on the iPhone, so we were surprised when the new iPod nano got it instead. Now rumors of a camera-clad touch have revved up again. Word has it from possible inside sources that Apple will be releasing new iPod touches with the same cameras as in the nano this upcoming Spring.
St Clair Intellectual Property Consultants is suing Apple over claims that the company is infringing on patents it owns relating to digital still cameras. The company apparently has a history of patent litigation and Apple looks to be just the next target on the list, as Apple currently uses still digital cameras in the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3GS, iPod nano, and Mac computers all include digital cameras capable of capturing video.
After much anticipation, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone OS 3.1 software update at the "Rock and Roll" media event on Wednesday, September 9th. The new firmware, a free download for iPhone OS 3.0 users, adds the following fixes and changes:
Literally one day before Apple is expected to unveil a new line of iPods at its September 9th media event, reports have emerged suggesting that some of the iPods could be delayed due to technical difficulties. Per AppleInsider and Hardmac, a source close to the story has stated that Apple has experienced technical problems in the form of bad parts with camera modules being used in the new iPods.
The iPhone has long been the most camera phone used on Flickr and it's only appropriate that an official App Store application emerge to support this. Per Macworld, Flickr released an official native application [App Store, Free] this past Saturday. The app sports features such as access to a slideshow of your contacts' recent photos, zooming in-and-out in Ken Burns-style, searching, browsing (by sets or tags), viewing recent activity, and uploading pictures snapped with your iPhone.
Several third party iPod cases have been spotted coming out of China hinting that the iPod touch may be getting the addition of a camera in the near future. Cult of Mac has managed to get their ninja-like fingers on twelve photographs of cases that include a camera hole on the back of the device similar to those found on iPhone cases. Unlike the iPhone, the hole is located in the center of the top back next to the antennae, rather than in a corner.
Even with the iPhone 3GS's shiny new 3 megapixel camera, we still see some complaints about the lack of a flash bulb on the iPhone. Ryan wanted one so badly that he decided to make his own out of a Mophie JuicePack. He simply cut it open, connected a bright white LED and a tiny switch, and now he can add a little light whenever he needs to take a picture just by holding down a button on the case. You can check out a step-by-step guide to make your own at his website. [via CrunchGear]