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What can you do with the iPhone camera?

In my last post I asking what was coming next to the iPhone, I mentioned that Apple are sure to improve the quality of the current 5MP camera. Well, routing through some old draws in the house I came across my first digital camera. A Canon IXUS300, now some 12 years old. Can’t find the charger for the propriety battery so there is nothing going on there.

But casting my mind back to when the camera was new I can remember getting some pretty good results from the 2.1MP sensor. Now, I know it’s not all about the the number of megapixels (I was working as a semipro photographer for a number of years so I do have some clue), so I won’t be boring you all about pixel size and density and signal to noise ratios etc. But the camera on the current iphone is actually pretty good.

I have to admit though that some of the great shots I have managed to snap have been purely down to the fact that I ALWAYS have my iPhone on me and I have been in the right place at the right time.

jtinseoul has posted on his blog about some of the best snaps he has taken using Apple iPhones and a couple of readily available apps for post processing.

So, I ask you, send me your best stuff that you have managed to snap over the years to be posted here for a critique and I will draw up a post of the best. Only rules are that they must have been tacken with the iPhone (3 or 4) and any post processing must have been completed on the iPhone itself.

Happy Snapping.

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What do you want on the next iPhone?

The iPhone 4 is not all things to all people, obviously. But, given the option what is it that you would change/add?
Most of the responses to this are the same looking at the recent threads out there.

1) More storage
Is Apple really likely to ever increase the storage capacity of the iPhone range? My guess is you may see a 64gb model but it’s not likely to go any higher than this. With MobileMe about to get a revamp and iCloud Streaming on it’s way what is the point of increasing the capacity, it would simply be redundant.

2) Better camera
This will happen for sure. As consumer electronics move on specs get better all the time, the iPhone 4 already lags behind the competition when it comes to the camera. While the camera is sufficient for most and it does produce excellent results (in the right conditions) it can always be improved. This one however would not be a deal breaker for most.

3) iOS
The next release of the iPhone will almost certainly coincide with an iOS update or increment. So, this topic may be placed on the wrong post here as it is not really hardware specific. You could write a whole book on possible improvements for iOS 4. However, I think it really needs enhancements to the core functionality of the software rather then more features. Not that I wouldn’t say no to more features though. For me I want better corrective typing (as you can probably tell if up you have read much on this site) and quicker connection times to networks, oh and MUCH better notification handling

4) Faster processor
Of course! But this for me is also not a deal breaker, the current iPhone is a very capable device for me and is quick enough. However, as devs have quickly made use of the processing power in the iPad 2 the iPhone is sure to get a speed bump.

5) Screen
Apple would struggle to go any further With resolution on this one, already at ‘retina’ stage there is simply no point in upping the resolution any further. However, a few fingers are pointing to an increase in screen size. With a bump to 4.3 inches would the current resolution still be classed as retina? Anyone done the maths on this one.

So what are the things you are looking for on the next release….comments please

The New MobileMe?

April 28, 2011 1 comment

So have you signed up to MobileMe and wondered if it was worth it? I did, some months ago and I can’t say that I have really had my money’s worth from it.

The best feature for me has been the syncing of the calendar services between my iphone, ipad and imac (oh and old Thinkpad which is still amazing, apart from the OS). But of course all this available with Google Calendar.

Then we have email, again all in sync using IMAP. Again, all available with Google
Then we have iDisk…..dropbox, box.net (plus loads more)
Then we have find my iPhone – oh that’s now free anyway
Then we have Gallery – a load of options
Then we have, then we have

I did but it though because even though I had all the free alternatives I really just wanted to open up up the settings and insert a username and password and I’m off. When you decide to reload your mac, iPad or iPhone from scratch this really does take the pain away.

With rumours of a new and improved service on its way Apple is really going to have to step up its game here as they are not exactly in top gear with a £59 subscription when all the above is available for free.

What are your thoughts, let me know

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