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New video tutorials from Apple explain how to customize and share Moments

Apple yesterday published a pair of new videos through its official YouTube channel, covering the Moments feature in Photos which uses machine learning to automatically create themed albums and animated slideshows from your best images and videos.

Running sixteen seconds long each, the two new clips show how to customize and share Memories in the stock Photos app on iPhone. Using iOS’s multipurpose Share sheet, users can publish their currently playing Memory Movie to Facebook, Twitter and other services.

And with the ability to choose from many built-in templates and songs, everyone can customize every Memory to their liking, all from within the stock Photos app.

How to customize Memories on iPhone 7

“Customize your Memories movies by choosing from tons of preselected moods and music, right from the Photos app,” reads the video’s description.

How to share Memories on iPhone 7

“Share your favorite Memories movies with friends, family or all of Facebook, right from the Photos app.”

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How to use Halide to take phenomenal photos

Halide is the latest, greatest third-party camera app to hit the iPhone – here's how you can use it to take some breathtaking photos!

If you're someone who loves snapping pictures with your iPhone, then you've probably heard of Halide, a brand new, state-of-the-art iPhone camera app that was designed by an ex-Twitter engineer and former Apple employee (so you know it's gotta be good!).

The app essentially turns your iPhone into a mini sort of DSLR camera, giving users full control of focus, RAW image capture, and so, so much more.

Craig Grannell, Stuff:

Halide wants to marry the elegance Apple is known for with a more thoughtful kind of iPhone photography… It therefore follows that there are no modes in Halide. There's no HDR, no video, and no square cropping for Instagram. (There's also no burst shot mode nor a timer, which may be a couple of steps too far for some photographers.) What you instead get is a camera that encourages you to think a little more about whatever you're shooting.

Manual focus is a must

If you've ever shot with a DSLR camera before, then you know how important manual focus can be. Depending on autofocus for tricky little specifics and details is kind of like flying blind, while manual focus allows you full control over the subject you're shooting – and more importantly which parts of the subject are shown clearly on camera.

With the manual focus feature from Halide, you can effortlessly use your iPhone to focus and pick up smaller details and focus points in the photo you're snapping!

Halide also takes it one step further with a sort of "focus indicator" feature where red lines will outline what you're trying to take a picture of and will fade/adjust depending on whether you're in focus or not. It's super helpful if what you're trying to capture is incredibly small and precise!

BONUS: Pair your favorite mobile macro lens with Halide, start experimenting, and I can guarantee your macro shots will rival those of a professional photographer!

This photo is RAW!

You've probably heard of people shooting RAW photos. If you're not sure what it means, here's a great description from Photography Concentrate:

First off, what is RAW? RAW is a file format that captures all image data recorded by the sensor when you take a photo. When shooting in a format like JPEG image information is compressed and lost. Because no information is compressed with RAW you're able to produce higher quality images, as well as correct problem images that would be unrecoverable if shot in the JPEG format. [sic]

Halide allows users to effortlessly shoot and edit in a RAW photo format. This means a couple of things, including that if you're shooting RAW images all the time, you're going to run out of room a lot quicker than if you were just shooting compressed images.

It also means that the photos you shoot through Halide will be clearer, sharper, and easier to edit/markup than most other pictures you'll take through other third-party camera apps.

Play with the ISO

When it comes to digital photography, ISO measures the sensitivity of the image sensor AKA how much light is flooding your photographs.

With a DSLR camera, you can easily adjust and get specific with ISO settings, but typically with an iPhone camera app, you're SOL – that is, until Halide appeared on the mobile photography scene!

Halide is great because you can play with the ISO and the brightness of your mobile photography with just a few easy swipes, so whether you're capturing the beauty of a dramatic sunset or want to adjust the shadows for the perfect selfie in a nightclub with friends, then Halide's got your back!

White balance your life!

White balancing and adjustments are typically reserved for filmmaking and professional DSLR-level photography, but to quote Stuff, Halide "encourages you to think a little more about whatever you're shooting", which is why the white balancing features exist!

When you use white balance with your photography, you eliminate the need for time-consuming editing afterwards.

White balancing can get rid of any ugly yellow tones or discolored accents in a photo, and with Halide, you can adjust the white balance for an especially sunny day, more of a cloudy day, a day with low light, or a day that's a bit brighter. You can also just the auto white balance option.

Selfie game strong

While there are plenty of camera features that only work with your front-facing camera (AHEMPORTRAITMODEFORSELFIESAHEMMMM), Halide understands that taking a stellar selfie with your third-party camera app is a must.

Using Halide, you can effortlessly adjust white balance, ISO, exposure, the grid, and so much more on your selfies, guaranteeing that they look top-notch every single time!

The only thing you can't do in selfie mode with Halide is manual focus, so if you're looking to snap a super clear selfie of your intricate makeup or the freckles on your nose, you're pretty much out of luck.

The user manual is your BFF

Sometimes with apps like this that are laid out in a very minimal, simple way, it gets insanely confusing and complicated to know what each and every little icon does.

Halide is fantastic because in the settings menu, in the upper right corner, there's an option to delve into the User Manual. While it may not seem like a big deal to some, the animation on the manual actually makes you feel like you're flipping pages in an actual instruction booklet!

With this manual, you can figure out how to adjust exposure, how to access menus, and so, so much more; although, I do wish it would go into more detail about what each feature does for people who aren't as confident with formal camera technology and terminology.

What do you think of Halide?

Are you a big fan of playing around with third-party camera apps like Halide to snap your iPhone photography, or would you rather just stick to the standard Camera app?

If you could set Halide to be your standard camera app that you could easily swipe to, would that encourage you to use it more?

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Apple Shares Two New Tutorials for Memories Feature in Photos App

Since May, Apple has been sharing a series of iPhone 7 photography tutorial videos both on a dedicated photography how-to website and its YouTube channel, and today, there are two new tutorial videos, this time featuring the Memories function in Photos.

The two new videos walk users through customizing Memories in the Photos app and then sharing Memories on social networks. Each video is 40 seconds in length and includes quick step-by-step visual instructions.

Apple first started highlighting the Memories feature in both a full-length iPhone 7 ad and its first Memories tutorial video, both of which were released yesterday.

Many of Apple's photography tutorials are simple and are aimed at users who are not familiar with the photo taking capabilities of their iPhones. Topics covered include how to shoot a close-up, how to shoot a vertical panorama, how to shoot a selfie with a timer, and how to shoot without a flash. Some also include general photography tips and cover topics like portraits, unique angles, street light, action, and more.

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Which iPad storage size should you get?

The iPad line now has storage capacity akin to that of an entry-level MacBook. Which amount is right for you? Let's take a look.

Gone are the days of 16GB iPads — and thank goodness for that. When you consider buying an iPad nowadays, you have options ranging from 32GB on the base model 9.7-inch iPad all the way up to half a terabyte of solid state storage on the highest-end iPad Pro. With this storage increase, space concerns are becoming less and less of an issue. Instead, you get to ask yourself what kind of space you need for your tasks.

When should you shell out extra for space? When should you stick with the base model? Here's our guide to picking the perfect storage size for your iPad needs.

Price per gigabyte

The iPad's main price differentiator — aside from whether or not you want a cellular antenna — has been its storage tiers, and the latest generation of iPads is no different. Apple could choose to segment on any spec, but storage size is easy for everyone to understand. More buys you more.

First, the iPad mini 4. Apple's smallest tablet has been constrained to just one storage size: 128GB at $399. It's not technically the company's most affordable iPad — that honor goes to the $329 32GB 9.7-inch iPad — but if you break down the per-gigabyte price, it blows the 9.7-inch iPad out of the water. You'll only pay $3.12 per gigabyte for the iPad mini 4 versus $10.28 per gigabyte for the base-model 9.7-inch iPad.

Add $100, however, and you get a lot more for your money: The 128GB 9.7-inch iPad is $429, or roughly $3.35 per gigabyte. It's still not as good a deal as the iPad mini 4, but it's close.

On the iPad Pro side, the 10.5-inch model offers the most affordable pricing per gigabyte we've ever seen on Apple's iPad line:

  • 64 GB - $649 or $10.14 per gigabyte
  • 256 GB - $749 or $2.93 per gigabyte
  • 512 GB - $949 or $1.85 per gigabyte

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro isn't quite as good a deal but still quite favorable:

  • 64 GB - $799 or $12.48 per gigabyte
  • 256 GB - $899 or $3.51 per gigabyte
  • 512 GB - $1099 or $2.15 per gigabyte

If you wanted the absolute best storage deal for your cash, the $399 128GB iPad is pretty great at $3.12/GB — the next iPad up with a lower price per GB is Apple's $749 256GB iPad Pro ($2.93/GB).

Do you need local or cloud storage?

You may be able to skimp on your on-device storage if you plan to stay connected. Apple offers plenty of integration with cloud services, including Dropbox, One Drive, Google Drive, and its own iCloud option; with iOS 11, the Files app will even let you natively manage all of those files in one place.

Apple's iCloud gives you free unlimited storage for all your iTunes-purchased content. That includes iBooks; iTunes music, movies, and TV shows; and apps from the App Store. Beyond this, Apple allots all customers 5GB of free storage for backups, data, iCloud Photo Library, iCloud Music Library, and iCloud Drive. You can also purchase more iCloud storage if you need it, at prices ranging from $0.99 for 50GB to $9.99 for a whopping 2TB.

iCloud integrates with iOS, macOS, and the web; it keeps all your stuff connected and collected. Thanks to some really intelligent nearline management, iCloud can help make sure frequently accessed content is instantly available, and your older and infrequently accessed content is only a tap and a download away when you need it.

The cloud still can't take the place of lots of on-device storage — you can't shoot 4K video straight to the cloud, for example — but it should help you get the most of what you have.

  • If you're a regular cloud services user, 64GB of local space should be just fine for your daily needs.
  • If you plan to travel or otherwise be offline, consider 128GB or 256GB.
  • If your iPad is your primary work machine and you do a lot with images, video, and vectors, 512GB is the option you'll want to pick up.

Photos and videos

The current iPad lineup offers cameras that can shoot photos ranging from 8 megapixels to 12MP in size, up to 63MP panoramas, and video up to 4k & 30FPS. Even with iOS 11's upcoming HEIF and HEVC image and video compression format — which claims to halve storage needs for multimedia content — if you take a lot of photos, you're probably going to need more local storage.

iCloud Photo Library can help offload your content to the cloud, but you'll have to pay for the iCloud storage necessary to store your full Photo Library. And even then, depending how much you capture and how often, it still might not be ideal.

  • If you hardly ever shoot or store photos and video on your iPad, you should be good with 64GB.
  • If you plan to edit and store photos or videos — especially 4K video — consider one of the larger storage sizes.


iTunes movies can be 1 to 3GB in size for a standard definition file; change that to HD, and they can easily eat up 3 to 6GB of storage. TV shows are usually a quarter to half the size of movies, but they more than make up for it by the number of episodes typically available. In contrast, music files are generally quite small, but if you have lots and lots of albums you want to jam to, they can add up as well.

Streaming services like Apple Music, Netflix, Amazon, HBO, and Spotify also offer local offline storage options for traveling, while cloud services also offer offline storage space if you have personal movies or music you want to enjoy.

  • If you do a lot of streaming and very little offline watching, 32GB to 64GB is acceptable.
  • If you want to be able to save a few movies and shows without having to delete other items on your iPad, 128GB is the better bet.
  • Want to store a bunch of content offline? 256GB or 512GB is the size you want.

Apps and games

Apple and developers can do a lot these days to keep apps slim and trim, but as programs increase in complexity, you may find your iPad slowly filling up on 600MB updates and 2GB game packs. This is especially true if you plan to use an iPad for any graphics-intensive process — whether that involves artwork creation or rocking out to the latest version of Monument Valley.

  • If you don't have a ton of apps or games on your iPad, 32GB or 64GB can work.
  • If you have a fair number of apps and games, consider 128GB or 256GB.
  • If you plan to do any graphics-heavy design work, get a 512GB model.

Who should get a 32GB iPad or 64GB iPad Pro?

Very few buyers should consider a 32GB iPad. Though its $329 price can look appealing to first-time buyers, the $10.28/GB storage cost is one of the worst deals Apple offers — comparable only to the 64GB iPad Pro models, which rate at $10.14/GB and $12.48/GB, respectively.

If you're buying hundreds of iPads for education or enterprise and only need them to access B2B apps and web portals, this may be the iPad for you and your legions. And if you absolutely can't or don't want to pay a dime more, get a 32GB iPad or 64GB iPad Pro. Otherwise, shoot for 128GB or 256GB.

Who should get a 128GB iPad mini or iPad?

If you don't want or need a Pro model but still want to keep a good amount of content available, consider the 128GB iPad mini or standard iPad. At under $3.50/GB, both the mini and 9.7-inch iPad give you excellent bang for your buck; at that point, it just depends on what screen size you prefer.

Who should get a 256GB iPad Pro?

If you're interested in the iPad Pro, the 256GB model offers that perfect sweet spot. It's just under $3/GB for the 10.5-inch model and $3.51/GB for the 12.9-inch and should give you more than enough space for documents, audiovisual content, artistic canvases, and whatever else you'd like to store — all at a lower price than an entry-level MacBook.

Who should get a 512GB iPad Pro?

Let's be frank: unless you plan to use an iPad Pro as a stuffed-full content portfolio or daily audiovisual work machine, it's going to be mighty difficult to stuff it full of 512GB of content. It's possible — but highly unlikely. Between that prospect and the 512GB's starting $949 price tag, we can't recommend it to anyone but the heavy duty user; 256GB will be more than enough for most pros (especially if combined with cloud storage) at a far more reasonable price.

But as with the 32GB model, there are those few who need 512GB. For you, Apple offers this highest end of high-end iPads. Go forth and use it to its maximum potential.

Still undecided?

If you're still not sure which storage size to get, jump into our iPad discussion forums and the best community in mobile will happily help you out!

Also, remember that Apple offers a great 14-day return policy for any product purchased from an Apple online or retail store. When you get your new iPad, put it through its paces. Add all the apps and games you want with you, load up your movies and TV shows, go out and take some photos and shoot some video. Give it a complete and thorough workout. If it feels like you got too much storage — or too little — take your iPad back and exchange it for one that better suits your needs.

CamMode adds a mode-switching HUD to the Camera app

The Camera app in iOS has a host of different shooting modes that you can switch between by swiping left or right in the viewfinder frame.

The carousel selector just under the frame displays the shooting mode you’re currently using, but iOS could do a much better job communicating this information with the user, especially in the wake of accidental swipes. Developer Cole Cabral agreed, and so he made a new free jailbreak tweak called CamMode.... Read the rest of this post here

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