Apple Approves Video Recording App for iPhone 2G and 3G

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If you’ve been reconsidering your position as a jailbreaker thanks to recent security threats or Apple’s (s aapl) strong disapproval, there’s now one more reason to consider going legit. Apple just approved a new app that allows iPhones other than the 3GS to record video. That’s right, both your iPhone 3G and even the older 2G model can now shoot video, without jailbreak.

The app will cost you 99 cents, which is kind of aggravating, since this is basically a straightforward admission on Apple’s part that the only limitation heretofore that had prevented the older devices from shooting video was a software limitation, which it could’ve easily resolved itself. iVideoCamera (iTunes link), the app in question, is a third-party program, but at least Apple didn’t kill it from the start, I suppose, and it is still cheaper than upgrading to a 3GS.

iVideoCamera is far from perfect, though, and it has other limitations which are much more noteworthy than its cost. Video can only be shot at a maximum rate of around three frames per second, for instance, which is 10 times less than the 3GS’ 30-frames-per-second capability. As you might imagine, video quality is not the best.

Add to that the fact that the resolution of recordings likewise suffers compared with that of video recorded natively on the 3GS. Resolution is 160×213, paltry compared with the 640×480 SD-quality video shot by the 3GS. Also, you can only shoot clips up to a maximum of one minute in length. Thankfully, Laan Labs, the developer of iVideoCamera, is more than upfront about the limitations of its software, so this is definitely a case where the onus falls on the buyer.

Nor is it all bad news. iVideoCamera has some solid strengths, too, like the ability to share video to multiple sources quickly and easily. Like with the iPhone 3GS, 3G and 2G users who are shooting with iVideoCamera can export their recordings to YouTube, and in fact get more sharing options, including Facebook and Vimeo posting. Twitter integration is said to be coming soon. Future updates are also said to be bringing frame rate and resolution quality improvements.

Even if this particular app isn’t outstanding right now, this approval sets a terrific precedent for App Store policy. If iVideoCamera is allowed access, then in theory there’s nothing stopping Cycorder from coming in from the cold, so to speak, and being offered through legit channels. Cycorder is capable of a maximum of 15 frames per second, and records at a resolution of 384×288, so iPhone 2G and 3G owners might not have to wait long before a decently able video app makes its way into their upgrade-reluctant hands.

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giveaway

I can’t imagine ever in this day and age wanting to record video at those specs! I would imagine that Apple didn’t release video for the iPhone 2G and 3G for just that reason, if that actually shipped it as being able to take video, then they would not have allowed the video to be so poor. I think this is the correct decision, if the video is so poor don’t bother!

rupesh

Yeah, and then Darel whinges about the 99 cents. I guess 99 cents is too much for you, you cheap skate.

I doubt this will get up to the speed of the Cycorder, jail break apps have a lot more control over the OS and hardware than regular apps have.

Liz

There is a new streaming video app in the iTunes store that is cool and would be perfect for what you guys have been chatting about. You can have as many cameras streaming as you want. Check it out http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/procamplus/id356131705?mt=8 i got it and love it to watch my horses while i am at work.

Its super easy to use and the guys there walked me through any questions i had and were super friendly! Its a must have ap if you want to use web cams!

Ravin

I would definitely stick with Cydia..3 FPS and the resolution does not qualify it as “video”. Anyway great effort by the app developer for sticking with Official APIs and still achieving this kind of functionality.

J.D.

It would be nice if APPLE would put a video recorder app out….I’d pay for that. I’ll continue to use Cycorder & have a jailbroken iPhone 3G.

Terry McDonald

What we always knew…and no they haven’t changed their “heart” Sidharth, competition from Android will be good for I phone users!

iHing

First purchased app for me. Only 99c so why not. I’m unbiased, so let’s see how goes. I’ll do a review on my iCrazee Mac Blog once I have given it a complete run through, I’ll also post my comments here later.

Max

Dear iHing:

What is the name of the app you purchased to enable you to record videos on the imax 3G?

Your assistance will be appreciated

Max

Sidharth Dassani

There has been no change of heart at Apple. They have the been F*&^ed by the attention that the Android openness is getting. And now they are finally allowing apps which were blocked earlier to go through.

Peter

Apple wont do it themselves unless they can provide a great user experience that meets their standards. So I’m sure there is a reason why they didn’t do it themselves.

/end fandboy chatter

Steve

Cycorder is much better anyway, not sure why this app is limited to whopping 3 FPS- can you actually call that ‘video’? I would call it a time-lapse photography app…

Mr.T.

This only furthermore strengthens the argument for jailbreaking… Where better apps like Cycorder and Qik are available for free…

ladebelle

phew… it’s about damn time!

now if only they’d allow the qik app for live video streaming i would be a happy camper!

jh

Use the just-released ustream app for both video recoding AND live broadcasting.

AC Slater

Now if they would only allow official Google Voice Apps in the App Store, then maybe, just maybe, I would consider not jailbreaking (but probably not).

Alex Stone

Actually, Cycorder won’t make it to the app store because it violates your license agreement if you release through other channels such as Cydia.

So, actually… we won’t be seeing a ton of the Cydia apps (if you can really call them that) releasing on the App Store. Unless Apple changes their agreement policies, which isn’t likely.

As for this app, it’s cool that 3G and original Phone (wish people would stop calling it 2G) can now record motion, somewhat, but make no mistake, this is no where near what the 3GS’ camera can do. You’d be better off carrying a little cheap Razr around with you to shoot video with than using any of the new video recording apps.

matt st

pretty sure qik launched on Cydia before the app store, and now it’s available both ways.. two versions w/ and without streaming also the ustream app allows you to record on older iphones too.

Colin

Why is it a reason to go “legit”*? Jailbreaking doesn’t inhibit me from running App Store apps.

Maybe when SBSettings and BossPaper and WinterBoard and Terminal and Backgrounder can be used through the App Store, then maybe I won’t bother.

And I paid full price for my device, I’ll do whatever the hell I want with it. Don’t give me this “legit” garbage.

Will

lol:
“…since this is basically a straightforward admission on Apple’s part that the only limitation heretofore that had prevented the older devices from shooting video was a software limitation…”

“Video can only be shot at a maximum rate of around three frames per second, for instance, which is 10 times less than the 3GS’ 30 frames per second capability. … Resolution is 160×213, paltry compared to the 640×480 SD-quality video shot by the 3GS. …”

So, yeah, just a software issue.

Joe L.

yeah, my thoughts exactly….

So a company basically figures out how to take 3 low quality pictures per second with the built in still-camera, stitch them together into a pseudo-video, and you blame Apple for not enabling this “functionality” natively? If Apple touted these specs as a “video feature” on the older iPhones, the would be (justifiably) raked across the coals for it.

Eric

Cycorder is capable of a maximum of 15 frames per second, and records at a resolution of 384×288, so iPhone 2G and 3G owners might not have to wait long before a decently able video app makes its way into their upgrade-reluctant hands.

cak

Yeah, and then Darel whinges about the 99 cents. I guess 99 cents is too much for you, you cheap skate.

I doubt this will get up to the speed of the Cycorder, jail break apps have a lot more control over the OS and hardware than regular apps have.

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