Apple announced the new iPhone 4s today. I’m really looking forward to the new camera and the iCloud for easy syncing of photos between my iPhone and iPad.
I’ll be pre-ordering on October 7th. I would have done it today, but it doesn’t start until the 7th. 🙂
Several features about the new camera and app:
The iPhone 4S camera gives you 8 megapixels — that’s 60 percent more pixels than the camera on iPhone 4. They’re engineered with a higher, full-well capacity to collect even more light. With more megapixels and more light, you’ll see a dramatic difference in the resolution and details of your images. So your photos look stunning everywhere you show them off — on your iPhone, your computer, or your HDTV. And they’re rendered pixel for pixel in prints as large as 8×10.
All-new optics make all the difference.
Great photography isn’t just about megapixels — it’s about light, too. The all-new, advanced optics in this camera work together to make sure whatever light you have gives you the best image possible. The custom lens uses five precision elements to shape incoming light, which makes the entire image sharper. The larger f/2.4 aperture lets in more light, so photos look brighter and better. And the advanced hybrid infrared filter keeps out harmful IR light, so you’ll see more accurate and uniform colors.
Edit photos right on iPhone.
It’s not just an amazing camera. It’s an on-the-fly editing studio. Crop, rotate, enhance, and remove red-eye right on iPhone — without the help of photo editing software on a computer. Then organize your shots into albums, so you know where your favorites are when you want to show them off.
Although I’ve known this would happen at some point the news hit me a bit harder than I thought. Steve Jobs has resigned his post as CEO of Apple. I won’t bother going in to more detail, since pretty much every site on the web is covering the story.
Apple will be starting again. And that can be a very good thing.
Have you ever clicked on your Photos app to see some of your gorgeous photos but found the camera roll “stuck” up at the top of the screen? This seems to happen to me about twice a month. The shot below shows what I see, and if I try to “scroll” the camera roll down with my finger it moves down while I drag it, but immediately snaps back up when I release.
One way around this is to completely turn your iPhone off (not just sleep) and then start it once again, but there is an easier way.
Apple allows you to quit any app that is running. When apps begin to behave in odd ways it is often a good idea to quit the app. There are two ways to do this and they are written up nicely in this post on TUAW. I vastly prefer the second method they describe.
I’m hoping Apple will fix this problem in a future update (perhaps in iOS 5).
Earlier today at the WWDC Apple presented the upcoming iOS, iCloud, and OSX 10.7. I’m really excited about the quick syncing of photos between multiple devices. I use Photo Transfer app (a great app) to do that right now and it works exactly as it should, but it still required me to choose certain photos before sending them to another location. Very simple, but not quite as simple as having photos just “appear” on the other device.
It will of course be interesting to see exactly how all the syncing works. Will certain apps become obsolete due to specific features in iOS 5, or will the developers get access to many new APIs so they can improve on their products beyond what Apple provides? Will new features cause any websites to close up shop? Always lots of questions with a new operating system.
Since Apple is adding some minor editing features to the new Camera app (red-eye reduction, auto-enhance, and cut/crop) I have a feeling there are a lot of APIs related just to imaging, so I’m excited to see what developers will be able to do with them!
I’m also so glad that Apple is allowing the volume button to snap a photo, and quick access to the camera on the lock screen. So many little things will make such a difference. I’m also so glad to hear the phrase “cutting the cord” (and the cute little cut cable icon).
Here are just a few links to sites covering things that were announced today.