Future iPhones May Have Multi-Camera Optical Zoom Function
The iPhone's camera is regarded as one of the best in the smartphone industry, and Apple knows it. With that said, Apple is not about to let the engine of innovation stay idle, as it was reported that the company filed a patent application last year of what looks to be a plan for constructing a multi-camera optical zoom system.
This patent application actually coincides with Apple's US$20 million (approx. RM880 million) procurement of the Israeli camera technology firm, LinX, back in April last year.
Unlike digital zoom, an optical zoom function will allow a camera to zoom in and focus on a subject without the fear of having the image quality degrading
FEBRUARY 2016 to an extent that noise levels would ultimately ruin the picture. Based on the patent application, it seems that the design takes two cameras with different focal lengths, both of which will take two separate photos simultaneously. Once captured, these two photos can then be combined to create a new image, depending on the user's zoom preference. The new technology can also be applied to video capture, which would also ultimately result in clearer video capturing capabilities, such as time-lapse or slow-motion capture modes.
At this rate, it's almost very likely that we'll first be seeing this technology being incorporated into the iPhone 7.
The open-source VLC Player is officially available on Apple TV, and
opening up the doors for more owners of Apple's fourth-generation media hub to access a breadth of video content without having to convert them directly into the format that Apple TV requires. In addition, the new VLC Player app will also be able to source for content that has been stored on the media servers connected to your local area network, as well as provide subtitles
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iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus' Battery Indicator Woes
Apple's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been suffering from a battery indicator problem, which caused the phones to display their battery levels inaccurately. According
to Apple, the bug would crop up when users manually change their
device's time zone, or when it changes automatically upon entering a different time zone. At the time of writing, Apple suggested a temporary fix by resetting the iPhone and then ensuring that the 'Set Automatically' function for the Date and Time
Setting has been turned on.