As the number of photos we take grows, the more space we need for storage. Apple has launched HEIF and HEVC, formats that could save you up to 50% of storage for photos and videos. They’ve launched it for the camera in iOS 11, and it’s supposed to replace JPEG and allow you to shoot twice as much photos without compromising the image quality.
The iPhone 8 has been a hotly anticipated device. Most notably because it marks the 10th anniversary since the initial iPhone release in 2007. People expect Apple to make a big deal of it, with some major upgrades and features. And as far as design goes, there definitely looks to have been some rather substantial changes.
Pictures have been leaked to BGR of a real life mockup reported to be the final design of the iPhone 8. The two most obvious changes from current iPhones are the removal of the physical home button, resulting in more screen space and vertically oriented cameras on the back. The mockup unit seems to very closely resemble renders created from schematics last month.
Much of the software that is available for both Mac & Windows is largely identical for both. If you can use it on one, you can use it on the other. This is certainly true of Adobe’s range of software, including Photoshop. Regardless of the platform, though, one of the biggest issues many photographers and other imaging professionals face is performance.
The recent MacBook Pro limitations have already seen quite a few start to make the shift over to Windows based PCs. The lack of upgrade options, and limited RAM just doesn’t keep up with their needs. But how does Apple’s flagship desktop system compare to new, much less expensive, AMD Ryzen based systems? Well, according to this test from Tech Guy, not so well.
It’s not exactly a new idea, but we all know it’s not cool until Apple does it. There have been attempts at a device like this a couple of times before. But it’s just never really taken off. We’re talking about a laptop-like dock for your smartphone. The only one that’s seen any kind of popularity at all is the Motorola Atrix Lapdock. And even that is more amongst the Raspberry Pi crowd than its originally intended target.
Published recently by the US Patent and Trademark Office, Apple’s patent provides their take on the idea. And the idea is very cool. It would be very handy to be able to just plug my phone into a larger screen and keyboard while away from home. But can Apple pull it off? Or is it another “me too!” device that’s doomed to fail?
Apple have taken a lot of criticism over the last year or so, especially from working photographers, editors and designers. Partially because of new dongle requirements, and due to the limited amount of RAM. Some blame this on Apple’s dedication to the iPhone and iPad above all else. Personally, I think they’re just turning their laptops toward the more lucrative market. General consumers.
With cameras getting higher and higher resolution with each new generation, and 4K video becoming more pervasive in our lives, many just want more power. I’ve seen a lot of people talking about making the switch, and quite a few very well known photographers have done so. One such photographer is Trey Ratcliff. Who now offers some tips and advice for those looking to make the switch.
The new 2016 MacBook Pro has been getting a lot of flak. They’ve removed all ports except USB Type-C and the headphone jack (sorry, what?), you can’t upgrade the RAM, and the highest capacity model is a mere 16GB. I know many photographers who’ve already switched to Surface Pro tablets. A few have held onto their 2015 MacBook Pro and built a desktop Windows machine for more powerful stuff. Some have gone with the new MacBook Pro anyway.
But, how does it compare to the 2015 MacBook Pro when it comes to video editing? In this video from Max Yuryev at MaxCamera, we see how the two perform side-by-side running the same operations. Max tested both of the devices with Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro. The difference in performance seems pretty good, but is it really enough to make people upgrade?
Hot on the heels of Microsoft’s new Surface Studio, Apple have announced the new MacBook Pro. What is their thinnest and lightest unit ever, the new MacBook Pro features a brand new “Retina-quality Multi-Touch Display” called the Touch Bar. Essentially it’s a secondary interactive display to complement whatever app you happen to be running.
The Touch Bar may sound like a bit of a gimmick at first, but I really don’t think it is. It’s akin to having a second monitor that just relays important or useful information about your current app. Except, this one’s touchscreen, so more than a simple visual reference. Being able to put valuable interactive feedback and tools from each of your applications onto a secondary display is a big deal for productivity.
With great power comes great potential for abuse. Back in 2011, Apple filed a fairly controversial patent, which would allow the cameras in their devices to be turned on and off at will by external forces. In theory, this would allow locations and venues that have “No photography” zones to enforce this rule more passively.
Aimed presumably at concerts, cinemas, museums, private company areas and the like, it comes across a feature for good. To help protect one’s rights and intellectual property. On the flipside, however, people are worried that this technology could also be used to prevent freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
Along with all the usual announcements about magical things and Siri, Apple have announced some of the new features coming to the camera and its software in iOS 10.
As expected, facial recognition support is coming, which allows the camera to categorise the images you shoot automatically. But the big news is that iOS is finally getting RAW support.
Many Windows based video users have been concerned lately regarding security flaws which led Apple to pull all support for Quicktime for Windows, with the Federal Government going so far as recommending that Windows users completely remove it from their system.