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.

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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.

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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.

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Top Rated Comments

nickn Avatar
119 months ago
You know Apple will only allow this to run on new devices for no tangible reason...
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Virtualball Avatar
119 months ago
It's a nice addition, but it's hopefully one of the "300 new features!" rather than a headline one, IMO.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tann Avatar
119 months ago
Hope this is not the iPhone 5 exclusive feature!!
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
barryl85 Avatar
119 months ago
Just like my Galaxy S3
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burnside Avatar
119 months ago
Magical. Revolutionary.
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119 months ago
Just like my Galaxy S3

*slow clap*
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