New iPhone launched – what else happened?

Today was the WWDC (world wide developer conference) for Apple and as they usually are, it was a platform for announcing new products. Now most of you that read this are not really interested in the tiny details but if you were interested in the iPhone then I’ll try to keep it relevent. But… My nerdness might come out just a little.

What we all knew/was rumored: 

  • Size — The new iPhone 3GS comes with either 16GB or 32GB.
  • Guts — a faster processor and a 7.2Mbps HSDPA-compatible radio.
  • Camera — 3.2 megapixels and added auto-focus and geotagging support.
  • Video — 30fps video recording, video editing, video sharing.
  • Compass — Know where north is. Yay.
  • Battery life — 5 hours of 3G talk time and up to 24 hours of music playback.
  • OS — Tethering is now covered, though we still don’t know how AT&T will handle it
  • TomTom was on hand at the keynote to demonstrate its iPhone app/accessory combo.
  • 3.0 will be available beginning June 17th — free for iPhone owners, $9.95 for iPod Touch owners.
  • Landscape keyboard functionality for all programs
  • Push notifications from apps with the 3.0 software
  • Price — As expected, the new iPhone 3GS will ring up at $199 for the 16GB version and $299 for the 32GB version. The current 8GB iPhone 3G will hang around and drop to $99 starting today.

 

What we didn’t know:

  • The 3GS looks exactly like the 3G — no matte rubbery finish, no matching bezel.
  • Voice Control is now built in, hi 2002, so you can dial by voice, control iPod playback by voice and so on. We have to admit though, saying “play more songs like this” to initiate the Genius feature is cool.
  • Integrated hardware encryption.
  • The iPhone 3GS goes on sale June 19th in the US.

 

So most of this I knew was coming but I am excited for some of the surprises! I had been using the 3.0 software for about 2-3 weeks before today and loved it. I actually used/noticed most of the new features like copy paste, landscape typing, better battery life, audio recorder, and inviting others to calendar meetings. I was REALLY looking forward to a more robust push notification system, something that would tell mr how many emails I have in or a better home daily view of my activities.

 

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iPhone App Review: ClearCam – 4MP pictures from iPhone

almost…

So I tried this out and it seems to require some computing power but it really does seem to get a much better picture. It makes me think that with software improvements the iPhone camera app can be improved.

So how does it do it, it takes about 6 pictures within 10 seconds or so when you hit the camera icon (which is quite cool as it is surrounded by what the cameras image and looks like it is floating.) Then the phone adds each photo to its own photo queue. Which is NOT your camera roll. You then have to select the queue (with the free version I am using you can only have one queue of photos at a time.) Next is align the images, to do this it finds the sharpest image and aligns all the other images to that one. Next, hit enhance, this takes about a min or so and it looks like it computes all the pixels together to create a much larger and more detailed version.

Short and easy, it makes the picture larger and more clear. See below:

Original image size:
1600 x 1200
450KB

ClearCam image size:
2304 x 1728
1.23MB