It wasn't too long ago that I was charging batteries for my Sony digital 8mm camcorder so they would be ready to record the latest and greatest ideas my friends and I had scribbled down on a napkin. Those images would then be transferred my 800MHz G4 iMac running Mac OS X 10.4.x and edited using iMovie 4. The resulting video projects were fun to watch but nothing close to professional looking. Fast forward to today's announcement of the iPhone 4 and my how things have changed.
iMovie for iPhone 4 was, in my opinion, the most exciting part (save the actual iPhone 4 announcement) of this year's WWDC Keynote from Steve Jobs. As a filmmaker myself, I am always interested in new ways to capture high-quality video, especially from unexpected sources.
iPhone 4's ability to record at such a high resolution will, as the Apple tagline for the iPhone 4 suggests, change everything. Yes, we already have small devices that record that sort of quality, but combined with the iMovie App, the iPhone 4 becomes a true mobile editing suite, suitable for significant productions, all from a single device that you'd be carrying anyway.
Think of it this way: Your pocket just got lighter. CNET's David Carnoy asks, "Is HD video in iPhone 4 a Flip Video Killer?" Without a doubt. Not only does the iPhone 4 provide similar-quality video recording, it has an app to edit. And it happens to be built in to the most revolutionary phone device on the planet. Flip is dead. … Read more
FaceTime is going to fizzle.
During yesterday's Apple Worldwide Developers Conference event, Steve Jobs saved this new addition for his venerated "one more thing" announcement, effectively celebrating it as the killer iPhone 4 feature.
In case you missed it, FaceTime offers Skype-like video calling via the iPhone 4's front-facing camera. It's not entirely Skype-like, though; for now, FaceTime works only over Wi-Fi networks, not 3G.
I admit that video calling sounds cool on paper. It even looks cool in demo videos like the one up top. But you know what? I'm not interested. … Read more
The iPhone 4 got a pre-emptive teardown on Monday, courtesy of CEO Steve Jobs at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.
Though a precommercial version of the iPhone 4 was notoriously taken apart by Gizmodo--and no doubt other meticulous teardowns will follow--there's nothing like an official peek inside by Jobs to set the record straight.
So, what's going on inside? Not surprisingly, one of the key goals is to pack more features and functionality into a smaller space: at 9.3mm thick, the device will be 24 percent thinner than its predecessor. And to make this point, an Apple video released Monday shows an animation of the Apple A4 chip package … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Facing growing competition from Google Android and an amassing army of appealing smartphones, Steve Jobs played defense Monday.
At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference where Jobs introduced the iPhone 4, he also spent a good amount of time selling his already popular platform to his audience of developers. More so than at past iPhone developer events, Jobs was careful to spend time talking about how the App Store approval process works, how much money there is to be made from iAds, his device's market share and reach, and the potential for growth that they have by placing their … Read more
Apple's forthcoming iOS 4 will be ready to update iPhones and iPod Touches in two weeks. It will turbocharge existing iPhones without a doubt, but how does the new operating system stack up to Android's 2.2 (Froyo) release?
It's true that Apple's iOS 4 is a far more dramatic update from iPhone OS 3.0 than is Android 2.2 from 2.1. iOS 4 gets a handful of features that the iPhone was sorely missing on the software front: multitasking, threaded e-mail, folder support, and tethering--which Apple CEO Steve Jobs didn't mention in … Read more
At the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the company's latest addition to the iPhone family, the iPhone 4. The new phone features an improved camera, video recording and editing capabilities, video calling, and more. Here are a handful of short video clips from Jobs' presentation. For a complete summary of what was announced, read our story "WWDC 2010: What you need to know."
iPhone 4 unveiled Steve Jobs introduces iPhone 4 at the company's World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Features include a new glass and steel design, a built … Read more
Apple CEO Steve Jobs showed off many features of the new iPhone 4 and the company's iOS 4 on Monday at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The announcements and features led industry analysts to conclude that Apple is making some very wise decisions.
"Apple's claim to fame is making great technology accessible to the masses and they have done an amazing job with that," Van Baker, vice president of Industry Research at Gartner, told CNET. "They are making some really smart decisions."
Those decisions may give Apple the edge as its battle with Google … Read more
Among the list of new iPhone features was the announcement of an included gyroscope in addition to the accelerometer that's already packed inside the device. Steve Jobs sounded pretty confident that this will improve the overall gaming experience on the iPhone. That sounds great on paper, but did it help the Wii when Nintendo debuted Wii MotionPlus a year ago?
Sure, Wii Sports Resort is still the best example of a game that takes advantage of the added precision that MotionPlus offers, but only a handful of titles released since really show major enhancements the extra accuracy is capable … Read more