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Apple iOS 4.1We'll show you Game Center, high dynamic range photos, and uploading HD videos in Apple's latest iOS4 operating system.
-Hey there guys and gals, Brian Tong here at CNET.com and iOS 4.1 will be available shortly, but we have it here, so we wanted to show you the new goodies that you guys can look forward to. The most popular one that you will be probably using is taking high dynamic range photos. If you go into your camera app in iOS 4.1, you'll see a button that says HDR off. To use the feature, turn it on, take a picture and it will take high a dynamic range photo, but it will also save a version of the picture without the effect. HDR photography combines a series of photograph shot at different exposures. One is underexposed where everything is darker and one is overexposed where everything is lighter, so it takes the best parts of these photos. They are put together into one that brings out the details in both the shadows and highlights. Now, it took several shots to show you the feature in action, but some photo appears don't like the effect because it can feel faked to them and it sometimes even appears [unk]. Now, if only wanna have the HDR version of the photo jumping to you settings, then go to photos and there's an option you can set to keep normal photo, so you can turn that on or off. You got game center in iOS 4.1, which is the social gaming network. It has game invites, leaderboards and achievements, so you guys can think of it like Xbox live on your iDevice for free. You can tell this hasn't been released to the public yet because the Apple is still using a straight lingo and there are no game center games available at the moment, but this is another feature than I can't wait for. Now in the iTunes app Apple's music social network called Ping is fully integrated into the experience so it can follow artist or friends. At the moment, I can't search for people to follow on the mobile app. I can follow people already following me or I can follow the few artists that are featured, but I'm not really desperate enough to add Yo-Yo ma just yet. So, it looks like you will need to use iTunes on your computer to really get the full experience. Another new feature in the iTunes App is having the ability to now rent TV shows directly from iOS devices with the update and 1 feature that I've been waiting for is getting ability to now upload HD videos that you take in youtube and MobileMe over Wi-Fi I'm Bryan Tong for CNET.com, and there's your first look at iOS 4.1 before it releases.