Please excuse my uninformed self, but I really had no idea how big Apple was, visually anyways, in Japan before arriving for my one week vacation. First off, the 33 million people in Tokyo are always texting – seriously, as soon as I hopped onto Tokyo’s main public transportation system,
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.
In another surprising move, Apple has approved iVideoCamera [App Store, $0.99], an iPhone application that can record video on an iPhone 3G or 2G. Previously, the iPhone 3GS was the only device that could record video, and it was added as a native feature in the camera app. This app means it is now possible for the 3G and 2G to record video without being jailbroken.
What you are about to see is the product of who is either a very brave or slightly insane iPhone owner. Someone had the guts to tape their shiny new iPhone 3GS to the bottom of an RC plane, shooting it hundreds of feet into the sky, and then trusting a few measly layers of scotch tape to keep it up off of jagged asphalt zipping past it just a few inches away. The result is some pretty incredible, if not a little blurry and noisy, video footage. Video after the break.
A new app called Tweet Reel is promising to change the way you share video on your iPhone 3GS. Dubbed the TwitPic of video, the iPhone app allows you to record video on your iPhone 3GS and attach it to a tweet to be uploaded, just like other image sharing services do. It also supplies an interface to embed and share videos on the web and elsewhere. It's a little like YouTube, except you can type out the tweet yourself instead of having YouTube generate it for you. You can download Tweet Reel from the App Store for $2.99 (3GS only). [via Mashable]
The iPhone 3GS is the first iPhone to finally have the ability to capture and even directly upload video over the 3G network, and you guys sure are using it. Since the launch of the 3GS last friday, daily mobile uploads to YouTube have increased 400%. They have been increasing regularly prior to the launch, but only at a rate of about 1,700% in the previous six months.
Videos claiming to have been taken on an iPhone 3G S have started appearing on YouTube. The quality appears to have been affected by YouTube's compression, but seems to be accurate. You can check them out after the break.
BusinessWeek reports information from an unnamed source who they say is "familiar with Apple's plans" stating that the upcoming iPhone rumored for later this year will include an "improved screen", as well as the ability to easily edit video on the device and send it directly to friends. It is not known what the source means by "improved", such as if this could be a resolution increase or the switch to OLED (wiki) technology that was rumored back in March.
Our friends over at MacRumors have received some very convincing evidence that video recording will be a feature in the next iPhone. A screenshot of the latest iPhone beta shows what appears to be the interface for recording video on an iPhone. It's similar to the current Camera app with the addition of a toggle for video recording. The screen is only visible when a certain configuration file is altered to say that a video camera is present.
All sorts of fun things have been discovered in the days since the iPhone 3.0 beta was released, and the fun continues today. Boy Genius Report has posted a screenshot (image below) which shows an option for "Find My iPhone," a feature which has yet to be announced. Engadget has also stumbled across a screen (image below) which suggests that video recording will be included in a future iPhone hardware revision.