Apple Planning Native Panoramic Camera Function for iOS 5?

Apple Planning Native Panoramic Camera Function for iOS 5?

With the unveiling of iOS 5 at WWDC earlier this week, Apple announced a few features that may be cause for concern for some third-party application developers. One feature that wasn’t mentioned, however, may worry those who produce panoramic camera applications.

A few lines of code discovered in the first beta release of iOS 5 suggest Apple is planning a native panoramic camera function for iOS 5, which could make applications such as 360 Panorama, AutoStitch Panorama, and Microsoft’s Photosynth obsolete.

Within code relating to the iOS Camera app, there are three lines that read:

PANO_OPTION = “Take Panorama”;
SAVING PANORAMA = “Saving Panorama”;
CANCEL_PANO_BUTTON_TITLE = “Cancel”;

Apple Planning Native Panoramic Camera Function for iOS 5?

It’s unclear whether the function can be somehow accessed through the first iOS 5 beta, but we may see it introduced in future beta releases before the firmware goes public later this year.

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