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  • HD Video on 4th-Gen iPhone?

    After the weird now-you-see-it, now-you-don't release of the latest iPhone OS beta yesterday, devs started poring through the SDK in search of clues about new iPhone features. Some video-capture settings give hints that the fourth-generation iPhone will be capable of taking HD video at 720p, adding weight to the belief of many that the next model will be called the "iPhone HD." Also, a new dialog in iTunes that suggests that the next version of the iPhone OS may allow file transfer as well as some other much-needed interface improvements show that iPhone 4.0 work is proceeding quickly.

    New presets that show up in the Image Capture framework in the iPhone OS beta 3 SDK appears to support video capture at 1280x720 resolution: 720p HD video. MacRumors reported on the discovery of the presets - "AVCaptureSessionPreset640x480" and "AVCaptureSessionPreset1280x720" - which would presumably refer to an app's standard VGA and HD settings. Persistent rumors have indicated that the new iPhone will have a 5-megapixel camera, and the "lost-and-found" prototype showed a much larger lens on the device's back case.

    Michael Bettiol at Boy Genius Report discovered a new option in the Apps tab of iTunes when a 4.0 iPhone is connected: a 'File Sharing' section. The native Mail app is the only one that showed up when Bettiol clicked on it, but it could be that only that app has the API support built into it at this time. Kudos to Apple for finally building in a feature we've had since the first jailbreak.

    There is also - finally - a way to lock the screen orientation so that you don't switch between landscape and portrait mode. The lock is activated by an icon on the new multitasking dock, which also now features iPod controls and a much more convenient task manager. Previous betas have forced you to press and hold running app's icon in the multitasking dock to kill it. Now, once you press and hold a single icon, all the running apps' kill switches are activated, allowing you to kill them individually, in much the same way you can delete apps in the current iPhone OS.

    The addition of task manager is an interesting development, in light of Steve Jobs's statement at the iPhone 4.0 announcement: "In multitasking, if you see a task manager... they blew it. Users shouldn't ever have to think about it." Maybe he decided that they shouldn't have to… but that they shouldn't be prevented from thinking about it, either. Choice is a good thing.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: HD Video on 4th-Gen iPhone? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 45 Comments
    1. nautical79's Avatar
      nautical79 -
      There must be a forum topic somewhere about the name of the new iphone, rigth now its about the camera and apple is great on doing whatever they want with there devices, if they use a 5mp or 8mp o get stuck on 3.2mp doesnt matter we are gona get a new iphone. and thats all i have to say about that.

      correct me if im wrong, you have plenty of time on your hands do you, and not to much friends to talk with.
    1. iCantu's Avatar
      iCantu -
      Im Kind of annoyed when i get on here and ppl talk crap about the iPhone! HELLOOOO every phone out there TRIES to be like the iPhone! and when they "try" and make their phone better, it says force close all the damn time cause its too much to handle for it! all androids suck! and are slow at opening up the program.. whether you all admit it or not iphone is the best! so get over it or go to ur little android website.


      Ur crazy!! must be stuck w/ a slow android..
    1. rgbintx's Avatar
      rgbintx -
      What are the chances of it being a 4G phone?
    1. roomer11's Avatar
      roomer11 -
      One question, in OS4's calendar, are we able to view week number ?
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      Wait a minute... Wasn't it already discovered that the 3gs has HD capabilities it just hasn't been enabled?