Hidden Panorama Mode Discovered in iOS 5

With every iOS update Apple introduces, over 200+ new features. In fact, some go unannounced and are discovered by users. The feature discovered today in Apple’s latest iOS 5 has not been released to the public yet. This is a feature I have been waiting for since I hate using third third party apps to take a panoramic photo.

Today, iOS hacker  Conrad Kramer (@conradev), discovered that he has found a way to enable the hidden Panorama mode within Apple’s own camera app, as noted by iDownloadBlog. Currently, the feature seems to be undergoing development by Apple, but its references in the iOS SDK have been found. In the iOS SDK, it was discovered that the feature offers  settings for a grid and HDR while creating a panorama photo.

iOS 5 pano

iOS 5 pano

It is unclear why the feature is hidden, but I would expect it to be eventually released to the public at some point. Kramer says that the mode can easily be activated by  setting the “EnableFirebreak” key to YES in  com.apple.mobileslideshow.plist (a preference file in iOS). In addition, famous hacker  Grant Paul, also known as Chpwn,  posted screenshots  and examples of the panorama mode. For the folks who jailbreak their iPhone, he has already submitted an app to Cydia to enable the panorama mode.

iPhone owners are provided with an awesome camera, a simple to use camera app, and the ability to take HDR photos! To top it off, we will soon be able to take panoramic photos within the Camera app. How cool is that!

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Parth Dhebar

Parth Dhebar is a 18 year-old entrepreneur. He is the founder of Simple Reviews, a blog focused on reviewing iPhone and iPad applications. Parth is a recognized name in the industry, known for covering Apple news. He is an editor at Techie-Buzz covering news on Apple. You can follow him on Twitter @pdparticle.