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Meet the Sexy New iOS 5 Camera

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

There’s a new camera on the block and it promises to enhance your photo taking experience. Meet the new iPhone iOS 5 camera – are you interested yet? If not, read on.

As the saying goes, the best camera you have is the one you have with you—and that makes your device’s camera one of its most important features. So it’s no surprise that Apple would bolster photography features with iOS 5.

If you’ve bought photography apps from the App Store in the past couple of years, you may find that some of the new photo features in iOS 5 offer similar functionality. But now those features will be available for everyone, on every iOS device that has a camera, with no App Store shopping spree required.

Instant access

That saying about the best camera being with you? It doesn’t say anything about swiping to unlock, entering a passcode, finding the Camera app’s icon, and then waiting for the app to launch. Sometimes the right moment passes before your device is ready to be that “best camera.”

With iOS 5, the act of removing your device from a pocket and snapping a photo is much simpler. Now if you double-press the Home button, a camera icon appears to the right of the unlock slider. Tap it once, and the Camera app will automatically open.

If your device is usually locked behind a passcode, fear not: in this mode the Camera app is limited. You can take photos and view or delete images you’ve just taken, but you can’t access any other images from your Camera Roll.

iPhone 4S owners will see an even greater speed boost. A faster processor means the built-in camera on that phone will spring to life a bit faster. Couple that improvement with iOS 5, and you’ll be able to take that shot you wanted to capture quicker than ever before.

Physical shutter button

Third-party photo app developers have tried to turn the iPhone’s Volume Up button into a shutter release before, only to get shot down by Apple. In iOS 5, Apple has taken the hint and made the hardware tweak itself. Now just tap the button to snap a picture.

The Volume Up button isn’t in the ideal spot for a shutter button—the lens of the camera is in the lower right corner while you’re shooting—but as long as you are careful not to put a thumb in front of the lens it’s a great new option to have. Using the button should feel more natural to use than tapping the screen; it will also minimize camera shake.

New to the Camera App

To help you properly frame your shots, there’s a new Grid option that divides the screen into thirds. The addition of an optional grid overlay might be useful for photographers practicing the rule of thirds. To toggle the Grid view on and off, tap the Options button in the Camera app. (The Options button replaces the old HDR button—but the option to toggle HDR images now lives right next to the Grid option in this new menu.)

You’ve always been able to tap once on screen to set the focus and exposure point for an image. But if you move the phone, or if the view changes too much, the Camera app will recalibrate and pick a new focus and exposure point. If you’d like to force a certain focus and exposure setting and lock it in place no matter where you point the camera, just tap and hold until the blue box appears and pulsates. The words AE/AF Lock appear at the bottom of your screen.

Another new feature of the Camera app is the ability to use a Multi-Touch gesture to zoom in and out. If you want to zoom in, just stick two fingers on screen and spread them apart. The Camera app will do exactly what you expect it to do: Zoom in. Just pinch with two fingers to zoom back out.

But perhaps the coolest new feature of the Camera app is its integration with the Camera Roll. Yes, you can still tap on a small thumbnail image to view the photo you just took. But there’s now a more intuitive way to view previously taken pictures: just swipe with one finger from left to right. It’s as if the camera interface is the most recent photo on the Camera Roll, with all your photos right behind it. It’s a good move: Swiping back to check your recent shots feels a lot more natural than tapping the thumbnail and navigating through the Camera Roll interface.

New to the Photos app

With iOS 5, Apple has at last brought a bit of photo editing to the Photos app. As in Apple’s iPhoto app for the Mac, the Auto-Enhance button (which is represented by a magic wand) will instantly improve an image by tweaking settings like sharpness, levels, and contrast, and automatically reducing red-eye. (There’s even a nifty animation that shows you it has detected incidents of red-eye and removed them.) You can also manually remove red-eye and rotate and crop images. When cropping, you can choose the crop ratio manually or choose from nine preset crop sizes; while in crop mode, you can also choose to straighten images by using a two-finger rotate gesture.

Also new to Photos is the ability to create and edit photo albums directly on your device; previously, you could edit albums by using a third-party app or by transferring everything back to your computer for editing there. When you add a photo to a new album in iOS 5, it also stays in the main Camera Roll folder.

The most inventive new photo addition is Photo Stream, which is part of the iCloud data-sync service. Photo Stream syncs your most recent thousand photos across all of your iOS devices, iPhoto on your Mac, second-generation Apple TV boxes, and, on Windows PCs, the Pictures Library. You turn on Photo Stream support via the Photos area of the Settings app. Once you turn it on, any new photos you take will be automatically uploaded to iCloud and downloaded on any other device with Photo Stream enabled.

Like the name says, Photo Stream works only for still photos, not videos. And there’s no real control over what syncs—all your photos will make the move.

Photo Stream isn’t limited to shots taken on your device’s camera. It also works for images imported to your iOS device (say, if you’re backing up your SD card to an iPad by using the Camera Connection Kit). New photos are stored only for 30 days, but if you want an image to stay on your device longer, you can save it to your Camera Roll. Your Mac or PC will keep all photos that come through the stream, not just the last thousand.

Worth a thousand words

The most important upgrades to photography in iOS 5 are the addition of the photo button on the lock screen and the support for the volume-up button as a shutter. Those two features go a long way toward making the iPhone work more like a dedicated camera.

The upgrades to the Camera and Photos apps are great, because they set the bar high for all iPhone photography apps. That said, habitual Instagram and Hipstamatic users may not even notice they’re there.

Are you impressed with the new iOS camera? If so, we want to see your work (only the PG stuff please).  Post album links below and show off your creativity.  Are there any features you would add? Let us know.

Source – Macworld

Apple iOS 5 Comes With 200 New Features

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

Tens of thousands of people logged on today to download the new Apple iOS 5.  Reviews of the new features were favorable despite the update hurdles most users had to jump.

With its new iPhone 4S scheduled to go on sale in two days, Apple on Wednesday released the iOS 5, the latest version of its mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. In addition, the company released Mac OS X 10.7.2, an update that includes Safari 5.1.1 and support for iCloud, which also opened for business on Wednesday.

iOS 5 is particularly important for Apple because it addresses areas where iOS devices have lagged behind Android devices, such as wireless syncing and updates, and because it enables the use of Apple’s iCloud service, a key strategic initiative and major investment for the company.

Apple says that iOS 5 includes more than 200 new features. These are the nine that matter.

Software Updates Over Wi-Fi.

Android users have long enjoyed wireless syncing and software updates. Apple had to catch up and finally has. The need to connect one’s iOS device to one’s computer with a cable only serves to remind users how iOS limits them. Good riddance.

Camera Software Improvements

You can now launch the iPhone/iPod touch 4th generation camera by double clicking the home button. And you can take a picture using the Volume Up button. Score one for simplicity. The software update also adds optional grid lines to help frame shots, pinch-to-zoom support in the preview screen, the ability to swipe to the camera roll from the preview screen, and the ability to tap and hold to lock focus and exposure. (The iPad 2 and iPod touch 4th generation support only exposure lock, not focus lock.)

[ Apple's iPhone 4S arrives on Friday, October 14. Is it worth considering? ]

iCloud Support

While iCloud is not well-suited for backing up lots of data–Apple offers only up to 50 GB–users with a modest number of images and media files should find the service a convenient way to make their files available across all of their iOS and Mac OS X Lion devices. Certainly it’s better than the old method–syncing via cable to iTunes and dragging copied files out of iTunes to one’s desktop.

iMessage

With iMessage, you can send an unlimited number of text messages, at no cost other than your time, to other iOS 5 users. Best of all, you don’t have to change your texting habits–iMessage in build into the Messages app.

Notifications

The Push notification system that arrived in iOS 3 has been greatly improved. Instead of the intrusive modal dialog boxes that used to pop up, Notifications now appear briefly as banners atop the screen. The messages can then be viewed in the Notification Center, accessible from any app by swiping down from the top of the screen.

Reminders

Apple’s version of a To-Do List is important because Reminders are location-based and work across iCal, Outlook, and iCloud. Thus a Reminder to stop by the pharmacy on the way home would appear on your iPhone as you pass the pharmacy. Reminders can be set using Siri, the new voice recognition software available on Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 4S.

Twitter Integration

Now you can sign into Twitter once and tweet from a variety of apps, including Camera, Maps, Photos, Safari and YouTube. And thankfully, Apple hasn’t made existing Twitter clients redundant.

Under Hood

Along with visible improvements to Apple’s Mail and Calendar iOS apps, there are many new capabilities in iOS 5 that aren’t readily evident. A lot of these have to do with how iOS devices interface with corporate IT systems. For example, IT administrators can now disable email forwarding to prevent company messages from being sent to external accounts. They can also turn off syncing with iCloud or iTunes, thereby limiting the replication of files on personal systems.

New APIs

Apple is introducing 1,500 new developer APIs, which allow third-party developers to take advantage of iOS 5 improvements. So in the months ahead, expect to see a lot of apps that integrate with iCloud and other Apple services.

iOS 5 requires an iPhone 3GS, 4, or 4S, an iPod touch 3rd or 4th generation, or either of the two iPad models released to date. It’s available through iTunes.

Let’s here it from you.  What’s your favorite feature? Is there a feature you’d like to see that’s not there yet?

Source – Thomas Claburn InformationWeek

Apple’s Servers Crippled With The Demand for iOS 5

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News, iHospital iV

Were you one of the millions frustrated by Error 3200 while trying to update your iDevice to the iOS 5? Some users have also reported seeing a 3004 error followed by the bricking of their device.

If you’re trying to upgrade your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to iOS 5 this afternoon, there’s a pretty good chance that it isn’t going to go smoothly: Twitter is currently teeming with complaints that users are suffering from an “internal error” as iTunes attempts to activate each device. The issues are so prevalent, in fact, that ‘Error 3200′ is now a worldwide trending topic on Twitter. Ouch.

The issue is reportedly related to Apple’s servers, which are unable to keep up with the massive influx of traffic. The fix? A lot of people suggest to just keep trying, though some of them are saying it took dozens of attempts before their request went through. It’s probably a better idea to go read for a while and try later — but I’d probably be clicking madly alongside the rest of you if I had the same issue.

Let’s hope that this isn’t foreshadowing things to come: Apple is officially launching its server-based iCloud alongside iOS5, which is obviously reliant on Apple’s servers being able to handle a lot of traffic (I imagine there’s going to be a major spike as people update their photo streams for the first time). Apple’s last major venture into the cloud, Mobile Me, was a rare stumble for the company, and I’d expect they’ve put a lot of preparation into ensuring that fiasco doesn’t repeat itself. But this isn’t a great start.

Discussion threads popped up all of the Internet and you could almost hear a communal sigh as users continued to have problems upgrading to the new iOS 5. Some people reportedly tried to update their software 19 times before getting it. How did you do yesterday? Tell us about it – or were you one of the lucky ones that purchased iPhone 4S?

Source – TechCrunch

Siri, iOS5 and iCloud complete the new iPhone 4S

Written by iHospital. Posted in iHospital iV

Will you be standing in line this Friday to get the new iPhone 4S? If you’re interested in trying out “Siri”, the new voice recognition personal assistant you will be!  It’s only available on the new model (insert moans and groans here).

The iPhone 4S is up for a great start: after one million preorders in 24 hours, reviewers gave it the thumbs up ahead of general availability on Friday. The improved camera, faster processor and Siri voice-enabled personal assistant in iOS 5 are the most talked-about iPhone 4S features among reviewers.

Preorders for the iPhone 4S should arrive Friday, which is also the day you can go out to an Apple, AT&T, Verizon or Sprint store to pick one up starting $199 with a two-year contract. If you haven’t made your mind up yet, or you’re just waiting patiently for your new phone to arrive, here’s what the first people to lay their hands on the iPhone 4S had to say about it. Macworld’s Jason Snell says the S in the iPhone 4S could very well stand for “sure thing.” “All those people who’ve been hanging on to their iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS, the wait is over: It’s time to upgrade without any hesitation whatsoever. The iPhone 4S has speed, a great [8-megapixel] camera, some cool voice-recognition features, and the same beautiful industrial design that was introduced in the iPhone 4.”

Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Wall Mossberg seemed equally impressed with the new phone: “The iPhone 4S is one of Apple’s less dramatic updates, but, when combined with the Siri, iOS 5 and iCloud features, it presents an attractive new offering to smartphone users. Some may be content to skip the new hardware and just enjoy the software and cloud features with older models. But those buying the phone will likely be happy with it.”

For the New York Times, David Pogue writes: “Overall, Apple has done an excellent job [with the iPhone 4S].” A good chunk of his review is dedicated to Siri, the voice-enabled personal assistant exclusive to the 4S, which he praised as “crazy good, transformative, category-redefining speech recognition.”

Note reviewers now seem to call Siri a “she” instead of an “it.”

Stephen Fry wrote in his review for the UK’s Guardian that “Siri, the high-quality and ultra-fast camera, 30 fps 1080p HD video, globally available voice recognition and the introduction of two antennae (the phone seamlessly switches between whichever is getting the strongest signal) are features that make the 4S irresistible; what is more, the unchanged form means that a whole new range of covers and accessories won’t be required.”

Brian X Chen points out in Wired’s review “the iPhone 4S looks exactly the same as its predecessor — but who cares? If it was shaped even slightly differently or came in a new color, people would still go nuts over the stuff that’s more important anyway: the insides. And both inside and out, this is a magnificent smartphone.”

At The Verge, Joshua Topolsky says the iPhone 4S reminded him what makes Apple products special: “It’s not specs, services, or apps. […] Is this the best phone ever made? That’s debatable. But I can tell you this: the iPhone 4S is pretty damn cool.”

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber confirms in his review “the iPhone 4 and 4S both have 512 MB of RAM.” Compared to the previous model, “the iPhone 4S has all the best features of the iPhone 4 — same look, same feel, same Retina Display — and adds several significant improvements. The one and only disappointment I have with the iPhone 4S is that the shutdown spinner animation is still low-res. That’s pretty low on the list of nits to pick.”

For TechCrunch, MG Siegler concludes in his review: “Apple focused on the other thing they do best: refining already great products to make them better. The iPhone 4 was a great product. The best smartphone ever made. Now it cedes that title to the iPhone 4S.”

Let’s hear from you. What do you think of the new features? Are you going to buy the new iPhone to test out Siri?

Source – PC World

How To Properly Use iMessage In iOS 5

Written by iHospital. Posted in Apple News

One of the biggest reasons to still be using a BlackBerry is BBM and with the release of iOS 5, the iPhone will have its own version called iMessage. It’s better than normal texting but comes with its own qualms, including an endless array of scary social dilemmas which may arise. By being properly informed, anyone can navigate through iMessage and avoid an endless array of frustration. Below are some tips to use iMessage stress free:

Inform Others You Have Read Their Messages

If you are or were at some point a BlackBerry user you will know how inconvenient the potential burden of people knowing when you have read their messages is. Much like BBM, iMessage displays when a message has been delivered through Apple’s servers (a good way to alleviate the uncertainty of unreliable cell networks) but iMessage also displays the exact time at which you IM’s have been read. This can be a tricky and sticky situation which may lead to tension. It also happens to be one of the most interesting parts of iMessage – a way of feeling better connected with friends, family, and others by linking up through your iPhone. Knowing that someone read your message in real-time is very gratifying but it’s only fun if everyone is in on it – so we suggest keeping the feature on, unless you are going to be busy for a while. This way your friends won’t get the idea that you’re interested in a conversation when you aren’t. To quickly turn on/off message read notifications, navigate to Settings > Messages > Send Read Receipts.

Don’t Get Angry If You Don’t Get An Immediate Response

This seems to be a problem for many old text messagers and new ones too and it will potentially get worse with iMessage. Generally, people tend to get pissed off if you don’t reply relatively quickly. None of us seem to have the patience and if we don’t get immediate or close to immediate responses to texts or IMs, we take it personally when we shouldn’t. There are multiple reasons why someone might not be able to respond within a few minutes (and in some cases a few hours) but sometimes we just don’t feel like texting right away which is perfectly fine! We don’t have to be slaves to our iPhones, even with iMessage.

Easily Avoid Those You Hate (or Just Don’t Want To Speak To Much)

There is a loophole in iMessage you can utilize if you want to dodge someone you can’t stand, are trying to avoid, or just plain don’t like talking to. If you want to screen iMessages without informing people you have read their messages, just read them from the iOS 5 Notification Center which you can swipe down from the notification bar at the top of the screen. Just make sure Messages are stuck into the Notification pane (navigate to Settings > Notifications > “In Notification Center”) and you can sneakily check your messages without others knowing. There is one caveat to this method though: long messages can’t be read entirely from the Notification Center.

Finish Your Thoughts After Starting To Type

When you start to write an iMessage, a symbol in the iMessage window will indicate that you are writing – much like the way Aim and Google Chat have always worked. Although this is a nifty way to make a conversation seem more interactive and lively, it can also cause a lot of frustration. Informing someone that you have started writing but are not sending anything leaves them high and dry. If you start something we’d recommend finishing it – even if you stall by telling them you are busy or tell them to hold on; it’s nicer than just leaving them hanging (which is quite rude).

Avoid Being Annoying

Another nifty feature with iMessage is the ability to talk with animated GIFs. It’s potentially awesome but can also be very obnoxious. Spamming your friends will slow down their iPhone when they try to message back. Just like everything else use the animations in moderation. Now that you know how to avoid being annoying to friends you may have just figured out how to annoy people who you may not particularly like.

Final Thoughts

iMessage is a great nifty tool which many will come to enjoy using but like anything else, it has its perks as well as its qualms. Knowing how to proceed from the get go will avoid a lot of frustration later on so soak up the information before iOS 5 is released on October 12.

For those of you who already have iOS 5 GM and have been testing the betas, what do you think of iMessage? Do you have any other suggestions to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: ModMyi

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