When it comes to the smartphone market, companies are accustomed to having other devices borrow ideas. With Samsung being the primary competitor for the iPhone, it makes sense for Apple to want to copy some of the ideas that make Samsung devices so popular. But is too late to grab certain features? Let’s examine the slow motion video feature in particular.
First of all, here is the idea behind how the slow motion video feature works. Your camera records at a higher frame rate. If you record at 120 frames per second, then when you play the video back at the standard 30 frames per second, it will appear to have been recorded in slow motion. The Galaxy S4 from Samsung already uses this feature, as do several types of high performance cameras designed specifically for capturing action.
While the iPhone has many other uses (as a phone, texting device, web browser, mp3 player, etc), one of the most common uses at present is for social media. That has made it a popular camera device, and because of this Apple has tried to stay ahead of the curve in the camera department. With Vine having already been in place for uploading 6 second videos, and now Instagram including a video feature, iPhone users want to be able to create unique and interesting videos to share with their friends or the public. Slow motion video seems like a logical step. But is it too late?
Slow motion video isn’t a super practical feature. It’s just cool. If your friend has been uploading slow-mo videos for months, are you going to want to start in late September when the iPhone 5S is rumored for release? It may just be a case of poor timing. Of course, Apple always has a way of surprising us, and I’m sure that slow motion video isn’t the only trick up their sleeve. In fact, there is speculation about a finger print sensor being the next big thing from Apple. What would the sensor be for? Your guess is as good as mine, but no doubt it would just add to the device’s uniqueness.
In the meantime, there is plenty to be excited about in the iPhone 5S. A quad core processor, iOS 7, a new version of Siri, and many more features are sure to keep Apple enthusiasts happy, even if some of the rumors aren’t implemented until later versions.