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.
As 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.