Today’s security update for Apple’s iOS devices is a serious one:
One of the world’s most evasive digital arms dealers is believed to have been taking advantage of three security vulnerabilities in popular Apple products in its efforts to spy on dissidents and journalists.
Basically, if you’re a journalist working for a national or international news organisation, update your iPhone or iPad as soon as you possibly can.
Here’s another example of a serious documentary being shot on an iPhone:
The thing that baffles me about this – or, at least, which isn’t made clear in the video – is why, once you go to the hassle of shooting with huge cinema lenses, would you add to your hassle by using an iPhone as your capture device, rather than an actual video camera?
There’s clearly more to this story than explained here.
Anyway, here’s the full documentary for your enjoyment:
Well, if you’re having problems choosing a gift for your iPhone-using digital journalist, Apple have just solved the problem for you:
The battery case, which charges with the phone, claims to over double double the talk and data life of the device – which mobile journalists who work in the field regularly will recognise as a huge boon:
Charge your iPhone and battery case simultaneously for increased talk time up to 25 hours, Internet use up to 18 hours on LTE, and even longer audio and video playback.* With the Smart Battery Case on, the intelligent battery status is displayed on the iPhone Lock screen and in Notification Centre, so you know exactly how much charge you have left.
Of course, it would be nice if the phone itself latest longer, but this isn’t a bad solution for £79. It’s certainly more practical than the external battery bank I’ve been using up until now.
(Yes, I’ve ordered one.)
Here’s a trailer to kick off your morning:
Not my normal topic matter, right? So, why’s it here?
Well, it was all shot on an iPhone 5. That’s right an iPhone 5. Not a 5S. Not a 6. A 5.
We’ve got the kit folks – it’s time to move beyond that into understanding compelling visual storytelling shot with mobile devices.
Years ago, I was obsessed with the fact that journalists focus on kit quality over content quality when it comes to doing multimedia work. Nothing I’ve done in the last couple of years has suggested to me that this has become any better as an issue. The quality you can get out of your mobile phone is astonishing compared to what mid-range dedicated cameras were doing a decade ago. Concentrate on doing great work with your phone, and upgrade when you hit its limitations.
And when I say “concentrate”, think about how you can do better work with it.
Here’s a wonderful example from Apple of what the iPhone can achieve when used cleverly:
What’s even more interesting is that there’s a behind the scenes video showing how it was all done:
Now there’s some serious kit in there – some of it to allow it all to be shot in one day, yet directed by one guy (Jake Scott – the son of Ridley Scott, who directed the first ever Mac ad, fact fans). But the majority of it is just dedicated to helping keep the phone more steady – or to allow it to move more smoothly. You can get a bunch of the way there with just a Glif and a GorillaPod. But there’s also hand-holding, but thoughtful, two-handed hand-holding.
For a touch more inspiration, they’ve also done a behind the scenes on a Burberry fashion show captured with an iPhone 5s:
Stop worrying about the kit. It’s all about the content quality.
Great video – a sort of one-off addendum to the Everything is a Remix series – that looks at where iOS design draws its influences from:
National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson left his Nikon at home, and has been capturing a trip to the Scotland with an iPhone 5s. It’s not all been plain sailing, but the results are pretty impressive:
What surprised me most was that the pictures did not look like compromises. They didn’t look like I was having to settle for second best because it was a mobile phone. They just looked good. Nothing visually profound is being produced here, I would have to say. But it feels good, and I even noticed some of the folks on our tour putting big digital cameras aside once in a while and pulling out their cell phones when they just wanted to make a nice picture.
I’ve not had much time to play with my iPhone 5s – having been laid up in bed sick for days on end hasn’t helped – but I’ve been quietly impressed by what it can do. It’s a huge jump in quality from my old iPhone 4.
Rather to my surprise, I took delivery of an iPhone 5s from 3 yesterday. Why surprise? Well, according to the last e-mail from them, it wasn’t due for another 12 days… Still, I’m certainly not complaining, and it’s a huge improvement on my aging iPhone 4, which is somewhat sluggish under iOS7.
The thing I was most excited about, though, was the camera. So much good new stuff in there, from burst mode to the slowmo video camera, all of which strike me as useful for mobile reporting. I’ve been somewhat busy over the past 48 hours, so I’ve only had a few brief moments to play with it. Fog was rolling over the Adur yesterday, which seemed like a pretty good test of the camera, as it’s challenging light to get right. How did it perform? As you can see from the above image, pretty damn well.
Seemed churlish not to follow-up with a panorama…
Click for the full-size version. (Same applies to the top image)
OK, serious impressed now. I’m going to have a lot of fun with a camera this good in my pocket…
The company just announced that fourth quarter sales would come in at the high end of its expectations, which ranged from $34bn to $37bn, after sales of its iPhone 5s and 5c devices smashed forecasts this weekend.
Apple said it had sold 9m iPhone 5s and 5c units over its first weekend on sale, a record for the company.
Once again, the opinion piece of the tech press are utterly at odds with the public perception and reaction. Tech journalism is trapped in a model of what constitutes value and innovation that doesn’t match with that of the public.
There’s an opportunity there for some enterprising journalists, isn’t there?
While we’re on the subject of phone photography, here’s a really excellent guide to taking great photos from your phone.
There’s plenty in there that’s applicable to any photographic situation, too.