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iPhone 5 and Updated iPod Touch to Support Panorama Photo Mode?

iOS developer Will Strafach posted a Tweet a few minutes ago stating that the iPhone 5 and the updated iPod touch reportedly due for introduction at tomorrow's media event will support a new panorama photo mode that will enable users to capture multiple photos that can be automatically stitched together into a single panoramic image.
[iPod touch] also has that Panoramic photo feature enabled as far as I know. I think the new iPhone does as well.

Strafach has since deleted his Tweet, but says that he deleted it because the information was already known, not because it was inaccurate. iMore's Rene Ritchie says that he heard similar information earlier this year but was unable to confirm it at the time.


Hidden panorama mode in iOS 5

The panorama mode is not entirely new, as it is already hidden in iOS 5 and can be activated on jailbroken devices. Performance was said to be relatively poor at the time of its discovery last year, so it seems that Apple has made significant improvements if it intends to release it as a public feature on its new hardware.

A number of third-party apps such as 360 Panorama and Microsoft's Photosynth already offer similar capabilities, but Apple including packaged within the default camera app on the new iPhone and iPod touch would be a significant boost for panoramic photography.

Related roundups: iPhone 6, iPod touch

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30 months ago
You know Apple will only allow this to run on new devices for no tangible reason...
Rating: 31 Votes
30 months ago
It's a nice addition, but it's hopefully one of the "300 new features!" rather than a headline one, IMO.
Rating: 27 Votes
30 months ago
Just like my Galaxy S3
Rating: 15 Votes
30 months ago
Hope this is not the iPhone 5 exclusive feature!!
Rating: 15 Votes
30 months ago
Magical. Revolutionary.
Rating: 12 Votes
30 months ago

Just like my Galaxy S3


*slow clap*
Rating: 9 Votes
30 months ago
I can't wait to take a panoramic shot of my fireplace too!
Rating: 9 Votes
30 months ago

Just like my Galaxy S3


Except it at least has the latest OSes when they are released
Rating: 7 Votes
30 months ago

Except it at least has the latest OS from day 1


Jelly bean wasn't out when the Galaxy S3 was released so it had the latest OS = ICS....... NEXT.
Rating: 7 Votes
30 months ago
wow, how lame already!

How about the following:

white balance control
image quality control (fine, ultra fine, etc)
video quality control (size controls as well)
frames per second mode (24p/30p/60p)
ability to crop image before shooting (image sizes)
shutter timer (2s,5s,10s,30s,custom)

If you tout the iphone as the best mobile camera on the planet, how about some real controls that actually help? It's been what, 5 years, and we just have these pathetic meager controls on the iphone camera, it's quite sad to include just a panorama mode. Even the ipad 3 doesn't have an HDR when the camera itself is legit like the iPhone4

I truly hope that ipad mini isn't 1024x768 - but it's just pathetic.
Rating: 6 Votes

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