Former Apple photo guru releases powerful iPhone camera app

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Harness RAW Power with your iPhone or iPad.
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A “Gentleman Coder” who is the former director of the Apple photo apps teams has launched an IOS app for the photographer who prefers to shoot RAW images.

RAW Power for iOS hit the App Store this week from software company Gentlemen Coders LLC, which was founded by Nik Bhatt. His 14-year stint in Cupertino included being Senior Director of Engineering for the Aperture and iPhoto teams and later the Chief Technical Officer of the Photo Apps group.

Apple’s latest acquisition could be game changer for iPhone camera

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An iPhone 6 shooting along side a camera modified with a Quantum Film Sensor in 2015.
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Apple has reportedly bought a California startup that developed new image sensor technology that could boost the iPhone’s photo and video capability.

A news website that covers the digital imaging space reported on Apple acquisitions of InVisage, citing unnamed sources that said the deal was completed in July. Some former InVisage employees are already working in Cupertino, according to the report.

Cult of Mac Magazine: Preordered iPhone X? Here’s what to do next, and more!

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When your iPhone X arrives, you’re going to want to start using it as quickly as possible. But there are some things you’ll need to do first — like transferring all your data from your old phone.
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You have one week to wait for your new iPhone X preorder to arrive (if you’re one of the lucky ones). There are some things you should be doing during that time to ensure you’re all set for delivery day. We’ll give you some great tips on how to prepare for the arrival of your new Precious.

In this week’s issue, you’ll find that story and more. Figure out whether to go for the iPhone X or the iPhone 8. Learn how to add audio files to iPhone’s Music app. Discover a beautiful and luxurious MacBook sleeve by Woolnut, and check out reviews of Zens Powerbank and Just Mobile’s Lounge Dock for Apple Watch, which are now in our Watch Store. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Think you need pro gear for great iPhone photos? That’s fake news.

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You don't necessarily need expensive gear to make a great iPhone video.
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You can make great photos and videos with just an iPhone. There is nothing fake about that statement. Thousands of great iPhone photos appear on our camera rolls and Instagram feeds every day to prove it.

Nevertheless, a recent YouTube video suggested Apple uses more than just iPhones to create its “Shot on iPhone” commercials. The video quickly went viral. Headlines it generated sowed seeds of doubt about the authenticity of Apple’s claims.

So, are we really getting the great camera Apple says it puts in its iPhones?

Forget taking photos — the iPhone’s flash is way more useful than that

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Flashlight, heart-rate-monitor, mosquito killer… The iPhone's LED lamp is a real multitool.
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The iPhone’s Quad-LED True Tone flash is pretty good as camera flashes go, but you should never use it to take actual photos, unless you want shiny-faced, red-eyed people in your portraits. Instead, you should put it to work in more useful applications. And no, we don’t just mean using it as a flashlight next time you take a trip into the basement.

Use the iPhone’s camera as a tricked-out magnifying glass

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The iPhone's built-in Magnifier makes short work of unreadable text, and tiny objects.
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There’s a little-known but awesome trick you can do with the iPhone’s camera: triple-click the Home button to turn it into a magnifying glass. This is great if you don’t see so well, either because you’re farsighted or because you’re just getting old and doddery.

Today we’ll see how to switch on this awesome feature so it’s ready to deploy, and also take a look at some of the extras Apple built in to make the Magnifier tool even more powerful.

Sony’s new sensor could bring super slo-mo video to iPhone

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The iPhone 7 Plus will completely change your photos.
The iPhone 7 Plus will completely change your photos.
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Future iPhones may be set to get a huge video upgrade, thanks to a new smartphone camera sensor created by Apple’s longtime supplier.

Sony has reportedly developed a new image sensor that is capable of shooting video at 960fps. That’s 720 frames more than the iPhone’s current slo-mo feature.

Moment’s new iPhone case will supercharge your photography

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The Moment battery case and wide lens for the iPhone 7.
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The iPhone camera is good right out of the pocket. Mobile lens company Moment Inc. launched three years ago believing it could make it even better.

It’s lens attachments have become favorites for many serious iPhone photographers trying to expand the range of the device’s fixed lens. Now, Moment is mounting an ambitious Kickstarter campaign with three new products to bolster the performance of iPhone cameras, from 6 through the 7 Plus.

Why you shouldn’t place all your trust in iPhone camera tests

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Two cameras that excited the world about photography, the iPhone and the Kodak Brownie.
Two cameras that excited the world about photography, the iPhone and the Kodak Brownie.
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Miroslav Tichy roamed the streets of his Czech Republic town with a camera made of plywood, a cardboard tube and a plexiglass lens he polished with toothpaste and cigarette ashes. His crude, distorted photographs now hang in museums around the world.

So don’t worry if the camera on that iPhone 7 you just purchased doesn’t score high in some laboratory test that pits its image quality against other cameras.