The beta version of iOS 8 was released two weeks ago at the Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple enthusiasts loved every bit of it and the industry sources put their focus on the hidden features. Over last two weeks, developers as well as non developers downloaded iOS 8 and installed it on their iPhone and iPad. So it’s now time for discussing iOS 8 features.
iOS 8 launches with an array of features and many of them are related to the camera. We’ve picked some of those features to discuss here. If you’ve used earlier iOS versions, you’d know the point and shoot camera is really efficient. The features selected by us could make the experience even better. So take a look;
The backup comes in the form of iCloud. It makes sure every single photo taken and video recorded will be saved in the cloud. The storage is in the iCloud Photo Library and saving the photo or video is quite easy. Apple clue users in by the tagline “Every photo you take. On all your devices”. The feature simplifies the photo/video storage process as well.
Digital imaging is a rapidly growing industry. Developers and editors need suitable software. Apple has stuffed iOS 8 with lots of cool ways to crop, rotate and straighten an image and change its color. Besides, if you have your iCloud Photo library, changes made on a particular image will be synchronized across all iOS devices. If you aren’t happy with the editing, you could return back to the original image.
Credit card scanning
Although offbeat, credit card scanning through camera is actually a very helpful feature in iOS 8. Users just need the Safari browser; then they can scan the credit card numbers with their phone camera at the time of paying online. They won’t have to type down their credit card numbers and the risk of credit card hacking will go down.
This is a highly endorsed feature. It allows you to make a video with series of photos. There are third party apps to bring the same effect, but Apple has made it super easy. The quality of the video is stunning as if recorded by a DSLR camera. With this feature users could capture sunset and sunrise, flow of a river, fast moving traffic, etc.
Burst mode for older phones
Those who use older iPhones, couldn’t enjoy quick burst mode, which iPhone 5S users could. They simply press the shutter button for couple of seconds and take more than one picture at once. Quick burst mode in iOS 8 will make it possible for older iOS devices.
Panorama for iPad
iOS 8 may for the first time bring panorama photos for iPad. iPhone users have been enjoying this feature from the time of iOS 6 release. The picture will be wide in format. Once iOS 8 releases, iPad users will get a better understanding of this feature.
PhotoKit is for developers. It allows the developers to get non-destructive edits. They also get read-and-write access to Photo library. The feature uses the same API that is being used by permanent backup. As the framework is an efficient one, developer’s works stay saved.
As iOS 8 equips your camera with separate focus and exposure; this is new as in previous iOS versions, they came together. This lets you control your camera’s exposure easily. You can set the focus and then swipe over the sun icon up and down to adjust your camera’s exposure. In one word, easy adjustment of exposure through sliding your finger.
Timer for camera
A standalone camera needs a timer. As many iPhone/iPad users use their devices camera as the default camera, Apple has embedded a timer in iOS 8. This is a major overhaul of iOS. Now users can set a timer and after 2, 3 or 6 seconds, the photo will be automatically taken. Taking group pictures and selfies would be very easy now.
iOS 8 has plenty of other exciting features, but the above ones are probably the most useful when it comes to camera. Once the full version is released, we’ll get a better exposure of all of iOS 8’s nitty-gritties.