Apple Event: iOS 4.1 coming, with HDR photos.

It’s announcement day, and Apple kicked off their iPod event with an announcement about iOS 4.1, and a sneaky peak at iOS 4.2.

Some of the things expected for iOS 4.1 include:

  • Bug fixes [proximity, Bluetooth, iPhone 3G performance]
  • High Dynamic Range photos
  • HD video upload over WiFi
  • TV show rentals
  • Game center

HDR Photos

Perhaps the most notable part of the announcement is the inclusion of HDR photo capability for the device. We’ve all taken photos with our iPhone that didn’t quite look as good as you wanted them to. The lighting is off, or saturation is bad. Now you have HDR, when you turn on HDR it takes 3 photos in rapid succession: one normal, one under exposed, and one under exposed. It combines the three with some pretty sophisticated algorithms, and produces a stunning photo.

4.1 will be a free download available next week for both the iPhone and iPod Touch.

James has been in the information technology field for nearly 20 years. He is the founder of HicksNewMedia, a technology consulting firm based in Northern California. He focuses on social media integration, cloud computing and yes, all things Apple (since he worked for Apple for 6 years he's got some good insider information). When not online he's enjoying time with his wife and 2 kids. Follow him online at THE Tech Scoop and Twitter.