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Having consulted over 2,700 posts where I asked award winning mobile photographers for their favourite mobile photography apps, I feel confident publishing this article today. Everything is relative and following extensive research I am happy to announce that these are TheAppWhisperer’s Top 10 iOS Mobile Photography Apps, at this time. I have not included apps more suited to mobile art, they will be included in another post. There are of course, more than ten good photography apps but these ones, should be standard on every mobile photographer’s device. Take a look…
Today, at 10 am pacific Time, UK 6 pm, we’ll be tuned in to find out what Apple has up their sleeves and we can’t wait! Rumours abound, as always and one that seems almost certain is iOS 12. iOS 11 has not been entirely popular for Apple users, so Apple is keen to push ahead with a fully stable iOS 12. We’re expecting to see amongst other things a redesigned home screen and photography enhancements and we do know that AR is getting a bigger push this year. Reuters are working on the theory that Apple is working on a way for two iPhones to share AR data directly, that sounds interesting! Apparently, an upgraded version of Face ID is also coming, including the ability to unlock your iPhone with the device held in a horizontal position, that would be good. There are also rumours that Apple’s TrueDepth camera technology is coming to future iPad versions, fingers crossed for that one!
What else? Well there are rumours that Apple will roll out a host of additional health and fitness functionality to the Apple Watch, via their HealthKit app.
As this is the WWDC conference, it’s unlikely that Apple will launch new high end iPhones but no doubt they will be announced and launched in September.
One thing I’m interested in in particular is Apple AirPower and I’d really like to see the wireless charging pad, I’m not sure if this is going to show up today, but I’ll be watching closely.
We are always working on new features and ideas here at TheAppWhisperer HQ, one that we are bringing to fruition today is to introduce a new Mobile Photography, Art or Videography App of the day, some you may of heard of, others might be completely new to you. Whatever your developmental stage into the beautiful immersive and supportive world of Mobile Photography, Art and Videography, we’re hoping to keep you fully informed at all times.
The other point to bear in mind, is not all of the apps we introduce here will be for the iOS system, we have been testing the Huawei P10 for sometime now and we are hugely impressed with not only its camera but its photographic output as well including the apps from the Google Play store that fit it so well. It’s a few years since I’ve written for Android Magazine, but it’s an area I’ve kept a close eye on.
We always welcome feedback here at TheAppWhisperer, so if there’s a particular app that you feel we really should be shouting about, please let us know in the comments below.
Yesterday, Apple introduced Apple Watch Series 2, the next generation of the world’s most popular smartwatch. Apple Watch Series 2 is packed with incredible fitness and health capabilities including a water resistance 50 meter rating for swimming,* and built-in GPS so users can now run without an iPhone. Apple Watch Series 2 also features a dramatically brighter display and a powerful dual-core processor. Combined with the performance enhancements of watchOS 3, Apple Watch Series 2 makes it even easier to access third-party apps, receive and respond to notifications and conveniently use Apple Pay. Apple Watch Series 2 will be available in more than 25 countries beginning Friday, September 16.
“We’re thrilled with the response to Apple Watch and how it’s changed people’s lives. We are committed to fitness and health and think our customers will love the new capabilities of Apple Watch Series 2,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “With a powerful new dual-core processor, water resistance 50 meters and built-in GPS, Apple Watch Series 2 is packed with features to help our customers live a healthy life.”
Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 first quarter ended December 26, 2015. The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $75.9 billion and record quarterly net income of $18.4 billion, or $3.28 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $74.6 billion and net income of $18 billion, or $3.06 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.1 percent compared to 39.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 66 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
“Our team delivered Apple’s biggest quarter ever, thanks to the world’s most innovative products and all-time record sales of iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple TV,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The growth of our Services business accelerated during the quarter to produce record results, and our installed base recently crossed a major milestone of one billion active devices.”
“Our record sales and strong margins drove all-time records for net income and EPS in spite of a very difficult macroeconomic environment,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We generated operating cash flow of $27.5 billion during the quarter, and returned over $9 billion to investors through share repurchases and dividends. We have now completed $153 billion of our $200 billion capital return program.”
Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2016 second quarter:
• revenue between $50 billion and $53 billion
• gross margin between 39 percent and 39.5 percent
• operating expenses between $6 billion and $6.1 billion
• other income/(expense) of $325 million
• tax rate of 25.5 percent
Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $.52 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on February 11, 2016, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 8, 2016.
DxO announced yesterday (24 November 2015) a new update to their app software for the DxO One, designed to be paired with an Apple iPhone (it can function as a stand-alone camera, albeit without a viewfinder).
Version 1.2, which we understand is due out in December 2015, will introduce new camera controls including a continuous shooting mode, access to advanced capture parameters and photo information with a simple swipe and one-tap access to hyperfocal distance in manual focus mode, as well as the ability to reposition the magnification loupe for critical focusing. If you’re a fan of selfies, then this update will please you as they are available in each capture setting setting and mode as well as video.
If you’re planning on using your DxO One for fast action, then the addition of the expanded shutter speed range (to 1/20000 sec, up from 1/8000 sec), will appeal. Additional encouraging updates include a longer low-light exposure (30s) and the facility to capture video with full manual control of aperture, ISO, white balance and more.
One of the key highlights to this update is for the Apple Watch community. It will enable Apple Watch wearers to capture multiple photographs in quick succession as well as recording videos with their devices. The Apple Watch also acts as a trigger for activating the shutter and eliminates camera vibration for long exposure shooting.
From today, not only can you trigger your camera from Pebble smartwatches, but from Apple Watch as well. In addition to the existing feature of being able to trigger your long exposures, selfies, and timelapses – Wearables mode for Apple Watch also has an added delay for all those times when you need a little pause before the camera is triggered. But wait, there’s more! The Wearables mode in Timelapse Pro also has a handy Apple Watch Glance, enabling you to check how long you have left of your timelapse sequence with ease.
We have more details below as well as a video to explain more…
Apple today previewed watchOS 2, the first major software update for Apple Watch, giving developers the tools to build faster and more powerful apps running natively on Apple Watch. Starting today, developers can take advantage of innovative hardware features of Apple Watch including the Digital Crown, Taptic Engine and heart rate sensor, along with software APIs to build new app experiences. Available to Apple Watch users this fall, watchOS 2 also includes new watch faces, third-party app information as watch face complications and new communication capabilities in Mail, Friends and Digital Touch.
“We are thrilled with the feedback we’re getting from Apple Watch customers, and after just a few weeks of availability we’re excited for developers to start building native apps for watchOS 2,” said Kevin Lynch, Apple’s vice president of Technology. “We think Apple Watch users will love being able to see information from their favourite apps right on the watch face, and enjoy the many new experiences developers will dream up now that they have access to even more innovative features of Apple Watch.”
Apple Watch, Apple’s most personal device yet, is now available for pre-order. Customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US can try on and experience Apple Watch at their local Apple Store or at Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Isetan in Tokyo, Selfridges in London, and select Apple Authorised Resellers in Japan and China. Customers can pre-order their Apple Watch through the Apple Online Store beginning April 10 at 8:01 a.m. BST for delivery beginning April 24.
“We are excited to welcome customers tomorrow and introduce them to Apple Watch, our most personal device yet. Based on the tremendous interest from people visiting our stores, as well as the number of customers who have gone to the Apple Online Store to mark their favourite Apple Watch ahead of availability, we expect that strong customer demand will exceed our supply at launch,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores. “To provide the best experience and selection to as many customers as we can, we will be taking orders for Apple Watch exclusively online during the initial launch period.”
Customers interested in learning more about Apple Watch can visit their local Apple Store for a personalised session with a Specialist to try on, fit and size their band, and explore the amazing features of Apple Watch. Customers who want to try on an Apple Watch are encouraged to make an appointment by going to www.apple.com/uk.
Starting Friday, customers can try on Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport or Apple Watch Edition* to find the model with the size, finish and band to best fit their personal preference and style. Everyone visiting an Apple Store will be able to view all three collections and get hands on with Apple Watch Demo to browse and edit different watch faces, and learn about Apple Watch’s health and fitness features, Digital Touch, Siri and more.
Pre-orders begin April 10 at 8:01 a.m. BST through the Apple Online Store and the Apple Store app for iPhone and iPad. Customers who pre-order their Apple Watch can have it shipped for delivery beginning April 24. All Apple Watch customers will be offered Personal Setup, online or in-store, to pair their Apple Watch with their iPhone. New owners will also learn how to personalise Apple Watch by selecting a watch face, deciding which notifications to receive, setting up the Activity app and the Apple Watch App Store.
Beginning April 24, Apple Watch will also be available at boutiques in major cities including colette in Paris, Dover Street Market in London and Tokyo, Maxfield in Los Angeles and The Corner in Berlin.
Apple Watch is an incredibly accurate timepiece, an intimate and immediate communication device and a groundbreaking health and fitness companion. Highly customisable for personal expression, Apple Watch also brings an entirely new way to receive information at a glance and interact with the world through third-party app experiences designed specifically for the wrist.
Apple Watch introduces revolutionary technologies including the Digital Crown, an innovative way to scroll, zoom and navigate fluidly without obstructing the display. The Retina display with Force Touch on Apple Watch senses the difference between a tap and a press, providing a new way to quickly and easily access relevant controls. The all-new Taptic Engine discreetly delivers a gentle tap on your wrist whenever you receive a notification or message.
Pricing & Availability
Apple Watch is available in three collections, Apple Watch Sport, priced at £299 inc VAT and £339 inc VAT; Apple Watch, available from £479 inc VAT to £949 inc VAT; and Apple Watch Edition, crafted from custom rose or yellow 18-carat gold alloys, with prices starting at £8,000 inc VAT.