Sports has kept me really busy lately. Not the super quick sports that look good on TV, but the sport for the fools. Marathons. A week ago I did the Baltimore Marathon and had a decent run (3:44). In two weeks I’m doing the crazy event called the New York City Marathon. I doubt my time will be that good – it’s such a crowded race that it’s hard to keep a steady pace going for the entire 26.2 miles.
The tough part about running marathons is it takes a lot of training. Long weekend runs really take away all your free time, so my blog posts have been a bit scarce lately. My real world job has also been sucking energy out of me lately. A big year long project is getting closer and closer to being finished. I’m really looking forward to that day. 🙂
A photo I took when running the Marine Corps Marathon in 2010.
So, back to sports. The new iPhone 5S camera has a burst mode feature where you get 10 photos taken in a mere 1 second. For a camera phone that is rather amazing. You can also record super slow motion video (I was amazed the first time I saw that on an iPhone). I don’t have a super new-fangled iPhone, but here are two blog posts from Jim Zellmer that discuss sports photography and video using the new iPhone.
Apple has continued to improve the iPhone’s still and moving image capability. The photos are remarkable for such a small yet powerful computer. I recently had an opportunity to capture a number of outdoor tennis images with the new iPhone 5s.
— iPhone 5s & Sports Photography?
Apple and third party developers, including lens makers, will certainly continue to push the iPhone photography frontier.
— iPhone 5s & Indoor Sports Photography, Let’s Go Inside
Here were some amazing sports shots from the 2012 Olympics that were taken with an iPhone 4s by Dan Chung.
If you see me running by with 48,000 others in NYC in two weeks, be sure to take a picture of me with your iPhone! I’ll tweet my bib number before the race.
Tomorrow Apple will be releasing the next operating system for your iPhone and iPad. I’ve been doing some testing with iOS7 and am still not sure what I think of it. I will say that the new icons are rather kid-ish (at least some of them). Bright and vibrant colors. It really feels like a big change from all the prior iOS versions. There will be a number of new things for the camera and photos app.
Now, should you upgrade tomorrow as soon as you can? I personally suggest you don’t. Some app developers will take awhile to get their apps running with the new operating system. If you want all your apps to keep running with no problems you shouldn’t upgrade. I’ve got about 280 updates waiting on my iPhone. A LOT of apps are getting updated in the next week. Be patient and wait to make sure all your ‘important’ apps are working under iOS7.
If you do plan to update there is one thing that is worth doing: backup your iPhone/iPad. That can either be done via iCloud or on your Mac. Here are some basic instructions, or instructions by Apple.
With the new iOS, some apps will be updating to take advantage of new features available to developers. Camera+ will be getting updated to version 4 tomorrow. Life In LoFi has a sneak preview. Photogene was updated to v4 the other day and it included iOS7 support and some great new features! Both of those a great apps ready for iOS7.
Along with iOS7, Apple will also be releasing two new iPhones. The iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5C has a camera equivalent to the current iPhone 5. If you have an older iPhone you’ll be happy. I love camera in my iPhone 5. However, as with all things, technology moves forward. The iPhone 5S is the top end new toy out there. The sensor on this one is much larger so it will be able to get really high quality photos (including a new flash system). You’ll also be able to do slow-motion videos and burst capture of stills. John Gruber summarized his thoughts on Daring Fireball.
Between iOS and iPhones, a lot will be new in the few days/weeks. The Apple servers will probably be overloaded and downloads will be slow. From the sound of it the iPhone 5S will be almost impossible to get right away. Be patient. Eventually you’ll get what you want. Hopefully 🙂