Apple iPhone

Photos from the iPhone 4S camera

Yesterday, I bought my first iPhone. I’ve wanted one since they were first launched in 2007, so I feel very lucky to finally have one.

Here are some photos taken with the iPhone 4S camera on a walk along Regent’s Canal on a sunny afternoon in London. Many were taken underneath bridges to test the dynamic range of the camera.

Macclesfield Bridge, Regent's Canal: Note the detail in the shadows and the bright reflections.


Reflection of a modern house built to 18th century plans (reversed)


Under the bridge
Underneath a (troll free) bridge to show low light with some highlights


Underneath the A40 Westway, London


A40 Westway - taken on an iPhone 4S

Without doubt, the camera on the iPhone 4S is excellent, and has a refreshingly simple user interface. Tap any part of the screen to focus or meter there, and take the shot.

I’m hoping to post more regularly to Flickr now – my account has languished recently and I’m hoping a shiny new phone with easy tools to integrate with Flickr will give me a little encouragement.

I’ve created a “Photos from the iPhone 4S” set of photos on Flickr which will doubtless grow in days to come:

Since this is my first iPhone, I can’t comment on comparisons with previous models, but for the times when I don’t want to carry my DSLR around, I know that I’ll always have a very capable camera with me. Consider me pleased!


Apple’s iPhone will be a closed platform?

I’ve been a Mac user for over 3 years now, and like most Mac users, I was excited when Steve Jobs announced the iPhone at Macworld San Francisco on Tuesday. Apart from the device looking utterly amazing in every way, it was revealed that it actually runs a version of OSX. Wow. Or so I thought.

I’m sure I’m not alone in first thinking “Wow! A pocket Mac!”. David Pogue’s blog reveals further disappointments. It won’t run iChat, it doesn’t have GPS (despite having a Google Maps app), and the web browser doesn’t run Flash. I thought it was meant to be an “internet communicator”, Mr Jobs!

As reported by Macrumors, the iPhone will not be an open platform. Apple want to control everything that runs on the phone. An article in the New York Times, where Steve Jobs is interviewed about the iPhone, states him as saying:

“We define everything that is on the phone,” he said. “You don’t want your phone to be like a PC. The last thing you want is to have loaded three apps on your phone and then you go to make a call and it doesn’t work anymore. These are more like iPods than they are like computers.”

I disagree. I used to have a Nokia 6600, which ran the Symbian OS, on which I ran lots of 3rd party applications and none of them ever prevented me from making a call. Ever. Is the ‘OSX Lite’ that runs on the iPhone really that flaky?

Or, more likely, maybe it’s because of Apple’s obligations to Cingular. Because of the iPhone’s built-in WiFi, 3rd party applications could be developed to use the device for VoIP, which could damage Cingular’s revenue from voice and data calls. Who knows.

Still, it’s easy to be cynical before the device is released, and there’s still 6 months to go. Maybe once it’s on general release, people will find a way around things, or Apple will add some more features. I’m sure that it will do what it does very well indeed, just without the flexibility to do things your way…