One change to the Camera app that Apple didn’t focus on during yesterday’s keynote is a new time-lapse mode, which developers are able to access as of iOS 8 beta 1.
Though we’re already able to create panoramas using the Camera app, to shoot using HDR, and even to record slow-motion video from inside the application, iOS 8 indeed allows iPhoneographers (and iPadographers) to create impressive time-lapse-style videos.
The feature should come in handy when iPhone owners want to capture a sunset, the clouds in the sky, or even the opening leaves of a flower or plant.
Time-lapse works by auto-shooting an image at a preconfigured interval, though we’re not exactly sure how the feature is going to pan out on iOS. Usually, collected images are combined in order to make a video-like piece of media, with the interval used depending on the focus of your time-lapse.
As Apple explains online:
Capture the experience of the sun setting, a city street bustling, or a flower blooming with the new Time-lapse mode in Camera. iOS 8 does all the work, snapping photos at dynamically selected intervals. The result is a video showing an accelerated sequence of the photos over time. Just set up your device to shoot what you want. Swipe to select Time-lapse mode, tap the Record button, and let Camera record as long as you choose.
We are hearing from iOS developers that time-lapse can indeed be accessed with a swipe from inside the Camera app, and that time-lapse creations are saved to a dedicated album in the Photos application. In case you missed our coverage yesterday, the Photos app is set to receive a slew of further improvements, too.
We’ll keep you updated with more information on the feature as we receive it. Apple is expected to release iOS 8 in fall alongside an updated iPhone handset — or updated iPhone handsets. In between now and then, however, countless beta releases will further improve and develop iOS 8.
For a recap of our WWDC coverage, be sure to click this link.
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