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iPhone 5's Panorama feature to work on 4S, iPod touch

updated 10:45 am EDT, Thu September 13, 2012

Limits for other devices not explained

The Panorama feature announced for the iPhone 5 will also work on other devices, Apple has indicated. The option is also being supported on two other devices, the iPhone 4S and the fifth-generation iPod touch. It's unknown why other camera-equipped devices, such as the iPad, are unsupported despite Panorama being built into iOS 6.

To use Panorama, a person taps the shutter and pans horizontally across their field of vision, up to 240 degrees. The resulting image can be up to 28 megapixels in size.

Apple regularly reserves some iOS features for its latest hardware. The best known example may be Siri, which was initially restricted to the iPhone 4S, but will be coming to the iPhone 5, third-generation iPad, and fifth-generation iPod touch when iOS 6 arrives on September 19th. Hackers have proved that the technology can run on earlier devices, fueling speculation that Apple is trying to boost hardware sales and/or limit Siri traffic on its servers.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Joined: 11-07-99

    AWESOME!

    The panorama feature is one I was really pining for, watching the demo. Looks like my phone will be getting it! :)

    (The other feature, for the record, is 5 GHz wi-fi. It would make my home setup a lot less complicated. Alas.)

  1. bdmarsh

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    Originally Posted by NewsPosterView Post

    The Panorama feature announced for the iPhone 5 will also work on other devices, Apple has indicated. The option is also being supported on two other devices, the iPhone 4S and the fifth-generation iPod touch. It's unknown why other camera-equipped devices, such as the iPad, are unsupported despite Panorama being built into iOS 6.



    It must have the stabilization feature, which only the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and new iPod Touch 5th gen have.

  1. realfortin

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    Originally Posted by Spheric HarlotView Post

    AWESOME!
    The panorama feature is one I was really pining for, watching the demo. Looks like my phone will be getting it! :)



    Actually why wait. There is a FREE app that does this already and it works great. It is made by Microsoft and the app is called photosynth. It works on any iphone

  1. cashxx

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    Every app I have used always screws up with the stitching at one spot or another, hopefully the iOS does better.

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Originally Posted by realfortinView Post

    [QUOTE=Spheric Harlot;4190304]AWESOME!
    The panorama feature is one I was really pining for, watching the demo. Looks like my phone will be getting it! :)



    Actually why wait. There is a FREE app that does this already and it works great. It is made by Microsoft and the app is called photosynth. It works on any iphone[/quote]

    And it only produces shitty-resolution images.

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Originally Posted by cashxxView Post

    Every app I have used always screws up with the stitching at one spot or another, hopefully the iOS does better.



    I've used the free Hugin on the Mac to great (if pretty fiddly) effect. Or are you talking about iOS-based apps?

  1. RobOnTheCape

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    Joined: 01-16-04

    I use Photosynth for work and personal use almost daily, and find it quite a great tool. Would be great if the iOS resolution were better, and also if the image came out a bit more bright. Have found interior shots can sometimes come out quite a bit more dark than the amount of light in the room.

  1. benjitek

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    There was a huge bump in microphone quality with the 4S, primarily engineered to make Siri 'hear' things as clearly as possible. Even if you hack an earlier model to work with Siri, the user would have a higher frustration level having to constantly repeat themselves...

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