The What-Can-We-Create Edition Friday, September 22, 2017

How Apple Built An iPhone Camera That Makes Everyone A Professional Photographer, by John Paczkowski, BuzzFeed

"There’s the Augmented Reality team, saying, 'Hey, we need more from the camera because we want to make AR a better experience and the camera plays a role in that,'" Schiller says. "And the team that's creating Face ID, they need camera technology and hardware, software, sensors, and lenses to support on-device biometric identification. And so there are many roles the camera plays, either as a primary thing — to take a picture — or as a support thing, to help unlock your phone or enable an AR experience. And so there's a great deal of work between all the teams and all of these elements."

And when all these sides work together there's the potential to create a new paradigm for phone-based photography. When I ask Schiller about the evolution of the iPhone's camera, he acknowledges that the company has been deliberately and incrementally working towards a professional-caliber camera. But he quickly follows up with an addendum that tells you most everything you need to know about Apple and camera design: "It's never just 'let's make a better camera,'" he says. "It's what camera can we create? What can we contribute to photography?"

Apple iPhone 8 Plus Reviewed: The Best Smartphone Camera We’ve Ever Tested, by David Cardinal, DXOMark

Overall, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus is an excellent choice for the needs of nearly every smartphone photographer. It features outstanding image quality, zoom for those needing to get closer to their subjects, and an industry-leading Portrait mode for artistic efforts. It is at the top of our scoring charts in nearly every category — and in particular, its advanced software allows it to do an amazing job of capturing high-dynamic range scenes and images in which it can recognize faces.

iPhone 8 Is World's Fastest Phone (It's Not Even Close), by Mark Spoonauer, Tom's Guide

The "Bionic" part in the name of Apple's A11 Bionic chip isn't just marketing speak. It's the most powerful processor ever put in a mobile phone. We've put this chip to the test in both synthetic benchmarks and some real-world speed trials, and it obliterates every Android phone we tested.

Craig Federighi Says 3D Touch App Switcher Gesture Will Return In Future Update To iOS 11, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Federighi, replying to an email from MacRumors reader Adam Zahn, said Apple had to "temporarily drop support" for the gesture due to an unidentified "technical constraint."

For Streaming Only

4K iTunes Content Limited To Streaming Only, No Downloads, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

According to Apple, customers can download a local copy of an HD movie, and on occasion, HD movies that support HDR and Dolby Vision, but 4K movies are not available for download and thus can't be watched without an internet connection.


It's not clear why Apple is not allowing customers to download 4K content onto their devices, but it could potentially be a licensing issue.


Apple HomeKit Devices Are Suddenly Booming, by Thomas Ricker, The Verge

Perhaps the biggest boost came from Ikea when it announced in August that its entire Trådfri range of smart lights, switches, and sensors will become HomeKit compatible via a software update in the Fall. Review, by Mike Williams, TechRadar's main focus is on simplicity. It watches your activities, and automatically connects to the fastest VPN location whenever you access an insecure network. Users don't need to understand any of the underlying technical details: it just works.

Just Press Record Refreshes Its iOS Design And Adds Powerful Features To Its Watch App, by John Voorhees, MacStories

My favorite way to make quick recordings on my iPhone is Just Press Record. It’s a great way to capture a thought before it escapes me. With the release of iOS 11 and watchOS 4, the app launched an update with a modern design and more powerful watchOS app that makes it even easier to use.

Note Transfers Done Simple With Carbo’s iOS 11 Update, by Jake Underwood, MacStories

Now, with Carbo and iOS 11, you can import an image of your notes from Photos by simply dragging it into Carbo for editing. Whether you want to edit your notes immediately or build up a library for later, dragging images from Photos is a much better process than using Carbo’s built-in camera.

Netflix Update Brings HDR Content For The 2017 iPad Pro Line, iPhone X, iPhone 8, by Brent Dirks, AppAdvice

Currently, it looks like only Netflix original series and movies are available in HDR.

Bottom of the Page

I was eager to update to iOS 11, because I really didn't like the Control Center in iOS 10. Not only am I usually in the wrong panel when I flick up the Control Center, but when switching between the two panes (standard and music; I don't have any HomeKit devices) by swiping, I often unintentionally 'swiped' on either the brightness control or the scrub control.

Now, accidentally changing the brightness of the iPhone screen is not a big deal; this can be easily readjusted back. Changing the playback position of a song that I'm listening is not a big deal either. But, when I am listening to an audiobook (which can range from 8 hours to 20+ hours), or a podcast (30 minutes to 2 hours), accidentally activating the scrub control and changing the playback position is a big deal. Finding the position to scrub back is often difficult and time-consuming.

So, when iOS 11 arrives on Tuesday with the promise of a single Control Center pane, I felt happy. On Wednesday night, after noticing no wide-spread reports of problems, I downloaded and installed iOS 11 on my iPhone.

Less than 48 hours later, on Friday night, while waiting for the bus to arrive, I was listening to a podcast on my iPhone. I wanted to check the bus arrival time, which is on the Widget panel of the lock screen. So, I turn on my iPhone, and swipe from left to right to switch from the Notification Center panel of the lock screen to the Today's Widget panel of the lock screen.

And, yes, I've accidentally activated the scrub control on the lock screen, and I lost the playback postion of the podcast.



Thanks for reading.