The Good HDR camera mode is useful at times;. Game Center has potential;. helpful bug fixes;. Ability to upload HD video straight to YouTube.
The Bad Game Center doesn't integrate with Facebook;. Game achievements are pretty useless;.
The Bottom Line The Apple iOS 4.1 is a handy, free update for the iPhone and iPod touch that adds social gaming and HDR photo-capability. It even fixes a few bugs, if you have them.
Apple iOS 4.1
The update to the iPhone andsoftware, Apple iOS 4.1, arrived today, a mere week ago. To get the free update, simply connect your phone or iPod to iTunes on your computer using the USB cable. We've already taken the update for a test drive on our trusty to see what the new version has to offer.
This feature helps to balance out the exposure of photos so that back-lit subjects, deep shadows and bright objects are all visible. It does this by taking three photos, each with various exposures, and sticking them together.
First, we tested the HDR feature by photographing supermodel Mary Lojkine against a brightly lit window. In the example below, the exposure of the outdoor scene was significantly better with HDR, showing far more detail. The model herself, however, remained underexposed.
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