The iPhone is offered in many countries all across the world. The iPhone is supposed to be available in Singapore so the Singapore Armed Forces can use a smartphone other than a BlackBerry.
I always wondered why RIM sold BlackBerry devices without the cameras, but now I know. Many soldiers in the Singapore Armed Forces carry a phone to use on base that does not have a camera. SAF soldiers are not allowed to carry cell phones with cameras on the military base. Those soldiers also have a separate phone to carry off base because they are allowed to have a camera then. Apple may be allowing Singapore carriers to carry the iPhone 4S… Without a front or back camera!
I think this is a very good idea, but it also limits the iPhone’s abilities. The Camera app, check cashing services, QR codes, and many other camera-related features will be disabled. Other than that, I am glad Apple and Singapore’s Military is cooperating to get iPhones in the hands of the soldiers. They currently use BlackBerry devices, but the services on BlackBerry phones is limited.
iMovie for iPhone and iPad
Although there are many simple movie editors such as Windows Movie Maker, importing videos to a computer, editing them, and exporting them can be a pain. If only minor changes or titles need to be applied, Windows Movie Maker or even Adobe Premiere Pro would not be the best choice. If a movie is captured and recorded on an iPhone, iMovie for iPhone and iPad is the best choice for making minor adjustments. iMovie allows for cropping, editing, titles, transitions, and other basic movie editing features. iMovie for iPhone, iPod, and iPad only costs $4.99 and has many features that the Mac iMovie and Windows Movie Maker have on board. iMovie is very simple and videos do not need to be imported for they are already on the device.
With technology advancing by the day, iMovie for iOS is an innovative idea. Being able to edit movies directly on my phone is definitely convenient. I used to have to import the videos to my Mac before adding titles, transitions and effects. Now, I can add those elements to my video and send a quick MMS to a friend – all in less than five minutes.
iPhone asking for Camera to use current location.
With new features flying off the shelves with smartphones, one feature keeps many people weary about smartphone cameras. Geo-tagging is a feature that allows your iPhone (or other smartphone) to record the location of each photograph. If you’re visiting Disney World, the geo tags will come up for Orlando, FL. If you are visiting the White House, Washington D.C. will be included on your map of photos in your iPhone’s camera roll.
What scares many people about geo-tagging is that “stalkers” can view where they took the photos. The luxury about many websites such as Photobucket and Facebook is that they strip geo-tagging information from the pictures. Even if you try to download the photo from Facebook, the geo-tagged info will be gone from the file. The only way that information will still be intact is if the photo is emailed (MMS also strips the metadata).
Personally, I feel that this kind of information should be shared. If you are taking a photo in front of Cinderella’s Castle, it’s obvious you are in Orlando. There is no reason to hide this information from people viewing your Facebook or other online service. Furthermore, talk about stalkers has decreased as technology has advanced. Geo-tagging information should be shared… that is what it was designed for.