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Video capture on the iPhone is widely expected to be a “surprise” announcement at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. A speculative BusinessWeek piece offers some evidence that the expected video capture function will be accompanied by native iMovie support. I’ve spoken with a source that […]

Video capture on the iPhone is widely expected to be a “surprise” announcement at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. A speculative BusinessWeek piece offers some evidence that the expected video capture function will be accompanied by native iMovie support.

I’ve spoken with a source that is familiar with Apple’s plans for the next iPhone, which may well be announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in early June. Evidently, shooting video is as easy as it is with a Flip…Then there’s an iMovie app that lets you quickly save the sections you want, right there on the phone itself. There may also be support for MMS, so the clips can be shared wirelessly with friends.

Now that’s some solidly worded confirmation! But such is life in Apple land, where the hopes and expectations are almost as satisfying as the real thing (and don’t cost nearly as much).

We hope for and expect video capture to be a part of every iPhone announcement, so we’re used to the letdown. But this time around, there are some very convincing screenshots that surfaced last month.

081242-cameramrAs jailbreaking app makers have discovered, the iPhone was video-capable all along. The camera is perfectly supportive of video capture (certainly not HD, but simple video capture), but there’s no on-device encoding software. So much as Apple might hate backwards compatibility, the software update could actually help out those of us with older models. (You guys stuck on pokey EDGE might want to gouge your eyes out rather than upload video, though.) Darrell at our sister site The Apple Blog says he’ll take the leap and sign up for another three-year contract if the video capture and editing rumors are true.

Though an upgrade to video wouldn’t be so revolutionary (what dumpy dumbphone doesn’t already support it these days?), the question would be whether AT&T wants to and is able to provide good performance and bandwidth to notoriously data-hungry iPhone users. We’re going to have to rely on Apple to use its most-favored nation status with AT&T to push that one through; just this week, the phone company (again!) changed its wireless data TOS to limit some uses of video.

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  1. Mark Sigal Friday, May 1, 2009

    Hey Liz,

    This makes perfect sense. In fact, I theorized that Apple might look to add “camera re-invention” as another one of their disruptor job targets within iPhone/iPod touch, in my post:

    iPhones, App Stores and Ecosystems
    (http://bit.ly/Hre72)

    EXCERPT: What if Apple decided to reinvent the digital camera as a smart, connected, programmable device? It would certainly sync up with some of the features they have recently baked into iLife, such as facial recognition and geocoding of photos.

    The main thought process here is that the Flip Video cameras (recently acquired by Cisco) have proven that there is a real market for pocket sized video cameras. If you overlay that goodness on the whole iPhone platform play, what type of software value add might developers plug in on the software front?

    Food for thought.

    Mark

    READ – PC 1.0, iPhone 3.0 and the Woz: Everything Old is New
    (http://bit.ly/7hLJY)

  2. @Liz and @Mark

    No surprise that Apple would eventually transition to a video recording/editing on iPhone. As the device gets more horse power, the handset can do many things, including video.

  3. Actually, screens are assembled from graphical bits not stored in memory as full screen objects. So those images floating around the net may or may not be legit.

    I’ve been saying for months, Apple would come out with an iPhone HD model focused on camera and video functionality. Where else would they go? And in many ways, they lag something like the Nokia N95 by 2 years with that stuff.

  4. james braselton Thursday, June 18, 2009

    HI THERE YOU UNDER ESTERMATE APPLE CEO PROBALY HAS THAT ALREADY PLANED OUT ALONG WITH VIDEO CONFRENCING THE IPHONE 3G S ALREADY HAS VIDEO RECODING FOR YOUTUBE AND FACEBOOK AND MOBILE ME AND MMS SSM VIDEO CLIPS UPLOAD DOWNLOAD AND WITH 32 GB OF FLASH MEMORY STORE HD VIDEO

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