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More signs of an iPhone panorama tool emerge

Like taking sweeping panoramas with cameras? The iPhone may be getting that feature, based on code snippets found in the latest beta of iOS 5.


The trail of code leading to a unannounced and unreleased iOS 5 panorama photo capture feature has gotten a bit stronger, suggesting its inclusion in an earlier beta of the software was not a fluke.

9to5mac has pulled up a new bit of code from the latest beta of iOS 5 (which was delivered to developers on Monday afternoon) that now offers directions on how to use the feature that would let users take superwide photos of their surroundings using iOS' built-in camera app.

The code instructs users to move their phone from left to right, as well as keeping it along a center line. This line would presumably be placed on screen in a similar fashion to the on-screen grid, which is being added as an optional camera feature in iOS 5 to help users straighten up their shots.

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Worth noting is that numerous entities own, or have applied for, patents relating to panorama technologies, including Apple. One that Apple filed for in 1998 and that was granted in early 2002 is called "blending arbitrary overlaying images into panoramas." It focuses specifically on selectively combining multiple images together by analyzing what's coming into the camera.

iOS 5, which Apple has said it will be releasing this fall, brings a number of changes to picture taking. Users get quick access to the camera from the lockscreen using a shortcut button, and can use the volume-up button to toggle the shutter instead of having to tap on the screen. The camera app also makes use of multitouch gestures for zooming, and offers more control for locking the exposure and focus ahead of taking a shot.