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iPhone 3.0 video recorder interface uncovered

updated 01:35 pm EDT, Tue April 7, 2009

iPhone video UI exposed

Video recording -- expected to be a key marketing point of the next iPhone -- already has an interface implemented within the iPhone 3.0 beta firmware, reports claim. The option is not enabled by default, but can allegedly be turned on by modifying configuration files. Once files are edited, the firmware is tricked into thinking a video camera is present.

The video interface is in fact a subset of the normal Camera application, toggled on with a switch in the lower-right corner; a Record button sits on the very bottom. Further investigation into configuration files is said to reveal autofocus support, as well as a variety of non-imaging related features. These include a digital compass, which could be used in turn-by-turn GPS navigation.

More ambiguous is a "Voice Control" field, which may suggest the presence of built-in voice recognition. While a number of other cellphones support voice dialing, the feature has been conspicuously absent from iPhone firmware. Third-party apps such as Google's search software, however, have exploited limited voice commands under iPhone 2.x.

by MacNN Staff




  1. maxk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    support for 3G?

    The question that still remains is if they're going to enable video recording for their new model and 3G or leave 3G crippled in order to push out more of the new hardware? Keep in mind that there's absolutely no hardware limitation to record video in 3G. It's already done in Cycorder et al.

  1. kennethsteven

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Now thats innovation!

    Wow. Sounds like the new iPhone/software will soon be able to do most of the stuff my jailbroken iPhone 3G can do now!

  1. ViktorCode

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Most likely it will record into h.264. Yes, the phone needs a dedicated hardware to do it. Crappy software recorders on jailbroken iPhones show exactly why Apple won't enable video recording on previous hardware.

    If you need features, the more the better, regardless of the quality of their implementation you'll need to find another phone.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    In other words,

    To put it differently, the video recording feature will only work on new hardware. The existing hardware simply does not have enough muscle to compress and encode decent video with the existing camera. The jailbroken video recordings are no better than 3GP c*** from all other phones. Apple simply does not want to sink that low.

  1. macnixer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    quality is premium

    and we all know that. that is the reason we choose an iPhone. but i wonder that is what everyone thinks. sometimes a little compromise to get things done also works. i am not looking for hd video. just something to capture that funny moment when i do not have my sony hd cam around (which is more often). the funny moment is critical and quality is not considered. Imagine if there were no journos around when Bill got the pie and just some dude had a video cam recording the stuff. you would still enjoy the moment. sometimes it is good to stoop a little low. :)

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: 3G

    Keep in mind that there's absolutely no hardware limitation to record video in 3G.

    How exactly is video recorded in '3G'?

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Quality... what a joke

    I went thru 4 iPhones in 16 months. It's the least quality controlled device I've ever seen. All of them had battery/screen bubbling issues, except the first one -- camera just stopped working. Crappy experiences, I'll never own another one. After the third replacement they aren't very nice to you, and I had to wait as they didn't stock the "old phones" anymore.... a 3 day wait to swap out a phone that barely made phone calls and rebooted when unlocked, or rebooted when trying to answer a call, was really annoying.

    My $150 Google phone hasn't been nearly as nonfunctional, and I expected it to be problematic because it was cheap. When one drops $500 for a cell phone you best damned expect it to operate for a full two years without a single severe issue -- like battery overheating, screen bubbling and distorting, etc etc.

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