Apple's Monday keynote at its Worldwide Developers Conference was jam-packed with information about the company's new operating systems and development tools. As such, it's no surprise that a slide entitled "iOS 8 features we didn't have time to talk about" made only a lightning-brief appearance. But we picked through that slide to find some of the intriguing new features you may not have realized were coming to iOS 8 this fall.
Burst mode for older phones: When the iPhone 5s debuted, it included a quick burst mode, which let users press and hold the shutter button to snap multiple photos in succession. Owners of older iPhones got a somewhat slower version, which only snapped images once every half-second or so. In iOS 8, graphics optimizations will apparently give those users a quicker burst mode.
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Panorama photos in iPad: We've been able to take panorama photos on our iPhone since iOS 6, but the iPad has been left out of that fun. Fortunately, it looks like iOS 8 will bring the wide-format pictures to Apple's tablet as well--though you might get some looks as you pan across a vista with your 9.7-inch tablet in hand.
Time-lapse video mode: iOS 7's Camera app introduced the modal carousel, which offered users different options for shooting video, photos, slow-motion video, square images, and panoramas. iOS 8 looks to introduce a new mode: Time-lapse video. Just point your device and press record, and the app will snap photos at dynamic intervals to create a timelapse video--no manual speed modulation or editing required.
Add a camera timer: Though front-facing selfies are all the rage, sometimes you want a bit more quality and control to your images. With iOS 8, it looks as though selfie-takers will get that extra edge with a camera timer. If it's anything like the similar feature found in third-party apps, it will likely have several options for a delayed shutter, probably up to 10 to 15 seconds.
Separate focus and exposure controls: Not only will developers have access to manual camera settings such as focus and exposure points for their third-party apps and extensions, but you'll also soon be able to independently control the focus and exposure of a scene in iOS 8. There are several ways the Camera app could implement this, including tap-to-focus with an exposure slider or two separate tap-to-focus reticles.
Since its introduction, the iBooks app has been the red-headed step-child of the iOS app suite--to access iBooks, you first had to download it from the App Store. If Apple's iOS 8 slide preview is any indication, it looks as though new devices will get to skip this step come the fall and have iBooks pre-installed, just like any other system application. It appears that any books you've purchased from a single series (say, Game of Thrones) will appear grouped together on your bookshelf, rather than as individual titles.