|Earliest: October 3, 2018||Latest: April 17, 2019||Total: 28|
|April 17, 2019|
The iPhone XS Max comes with 29 different Wallpapers of unique types. There are Dynamic, Stills and Live variety. Lots to choose from - many people will just use a photo of a pet or child as their Wallpaper.
An outline wallpaper is a wallpaper that has a thin border around the outer edge of the screen. It's a way to frame the content, and a way to highlight the notch on the top of the screen. It's a good way to have a distracted free home screen.
Hideaki Nakatani created a site with 32 different outline wallpapers to exclusively work with the iPhone XS Max. It's a creative wallpaper gallery that gives your smartphone a professional look.
The website main language is in Japanese - you can find English translations throughout the site.
Hideaki Wallpaper adds a simple border around the edge of the screen. This is the simple white color.
Some information about Hideaki Nakatani's website:
How about the wallpaper decorating its Home Screen? There are many beautiful wallpapers in the world. They are beautiful photos, beautiful art, beautiful graphic design. It is not product design. The origin of this site is to make Home Screen a part of the product integrated with the iPhone. I just wanted to stop looking for wallpaper that I didn't really like and use it comfortably. Although, there are many specifications not published by Apple such as the virtual size of the Parallax Effect, the rule of the color of the Dock and folders in iOS wallpaper. In addition, they are changed frequently in updates. It sounds like cryptography.
Check out the simple Hideaki Wallpaper designs at https://heyeased.weebly.com/exactly-max.html.
|April 10, 2019|
To reduce file size, capture photos and videos in the high-efficiencyHEIF/HEVC format. The "Most Compatible" option will always use JPEG H.264 format. However, you'll miss out on using 4k at 60 fps and 1080p at 240 fps because that require using the High-Efficiency settings. The main downside to selecting "High Efficiency" is that it may not be compatible with older computers.
Raw is the highest quality possible image but takes the most space. It's not part of the default Camera settings.
Camera+ offers HEIF, JPEG and TIFF formats. You can select the quality based on three criteria:
Camera+ keeps the options simple so that users aren't overwhelmed with various configurations. Yet it's way more powerful than Apple's Camera app.
One downside to Camera+2 is that there's no video support.
ProCamera offers four different file formats: Jpeg, HEIF, Tiff and Raw + JPG.
In addition, if you know your image quality you can change the compression settings for JPEG, HEIF. The default compression setting is 90%.
To enable Raw format, or any of the options:
One downside to ProCamera is the night shot configurations is hard to learn.
ProCam supports HEIF, JPEG, and RAW formats. There are no additional settings to change compression settings.
The nice thing about ProCam is that if you select to shoot Raw it does it automatically, there are no additional steps as there is in the other apps.
One downside to ProCam is that's complex and will take some time to learn. Once you learn how to use it, you'll be amaze at all the shots you make so much better.
Having more than one camera app is a good way to manage your photo quality. Simply use Apple's default Camera app for everyday photos and use the third-party apps to take higher quality pictures that you plan to edit later.
You should install these in advance to learn how to use them. Don't install these while waiting in line at Disney's Haunted Mansion. It will take time to learn how to use these apps and to get familiar with the different configurations.
This is a good use of "downtime" on an airplane or a train ride.
|April 3, 2019|
A few years ago I purchased the [Olympus XZ-2](https://www.dpreview.com/products/olympus/compacts/oly_xz2) camera to use as my primary video camera for low-light pictures. Since I got the iPhone XS Max, I haven't used the Olympus XZ-2 as much. I was thinking for my next trip, is it still worth packing the Olympus XZ-2?
A look at the specs between the two cameras. These are taken from the official spec documents from each manufacturer. (For the iPhone XS Max I am only focusing on the back lens.)
|Product Type||1.7" CMOS sensor|
|Aspect ratio||1.33 (4:3)|
|Lens||Olympus lens 6 to 24 mm, f1.8 to 2.5 (Equivalent to 28 to 112 mm on a 35 mm film)|
|Shutter Speed||1/2000-60 sec., Bulb shooting (Maximum 16 minutes at ISO 100)|
|Shooting Range||0.05 m (2 inch) to (W), 0.2 m (8 inch) to (T) (Normal/Macro) 0.01 m (0.4 inch) to 0.6 m (2 ft.) (super macro mode)|
|ISO sensitivity||100-12800 (1/3 EV step)|
|Type||Back-illuminated Sensor (1.4Ám)|
|Aspect ratio||4,032 x 3,024 (4:3)|
|Resolution||7 MP Front Camera|
|Wide Lens||12 MP, f/1.8, 4.25 mm, 1/2.55", 1.4Ám, OIS, PDAF|
|Telephoto Lens||12 MP, f/2.4, 6 mm, 1/3.4", 1.0Ám, OIS, PDAF, 2x optical zoom|
|Lens Equivalent||26 to 55 mm on a 35 mm film|
|Aperture||Wide-angle: ?/1.8 and Telephoto: ?/2.4|
|Shutter Speed||1/22000 (Wide) 1/45000 (Telephoto)|
|Shooting Range||2.87 mm to infinity (There are additional third-party kits to purchase micro mode.)|
The best night photos require the lowest aperture. So, while the iPhone XS Max may take great pictures, if I am taking night shots, I might be better packing the Olympus XZ-2 for better quality night photos. This is especially true for low light video photography.
The Olympus XZ-2 is just slightly better in low light conditions.
The Olympus XZ-2 was announced on September 17, 2012. The iPhone XS Max looks to be a good camera replacement. I think the nice thing about the Olympus XZ-2 is how the back screen can detach making it easy to see the screen when it is high or low.
|March 27, 2019|
Google Photo allows iPhone XS Max users to change the background depth of Portrait photos. This is great news because you don't lose that ability when you upload to Google. Allowing users to safely delete the file knowing that they can alter the background at a later point. Prior to Google's change - there was no way to modify the Portrait depth other than on the phone.
To change the background blur on a Portrait Mode photo, open the picture up in Google Photos, click the editing icon, then tap again on the editing icon to bring up the focus and depth editing options.
Note if you're not seeing a change, make sure the white circle in the preview picture is center to your subject.
The feature works on all iPhones that shoot Portrait Mode photos: iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Google Photos already offered the feature on Android phones such as Pixel 2, Pixel 3 and the Moto G6.
|March 20, 2019|
The Compass application is one of many factory installed applications that people ignore on their iPhone. People don't really need a compass to figure out where they are. They simply using Google Maps or Apple Maps.
I thought I check out to see if there are any changes to the Compass application from previous iPhone models.
iPhone 5s, iPhone 6s Plus and the iPhone XS Max in the same spot
The Compass functionality hasn't changed much between the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6s Plus, and the iPhone XS Max. The big change has been in the software - not much changed with the hardware.
I did notice that the latitude and longitude is different between the iPhone5s and the other models. (42░20'35" N 71░5'1"W) vs (42░20'50" N 71░4'53" W). The iPhone 6s Plus and Max is closer to the actual location to where I was testing.
|March 13, 2019|
One of the things Apple did with the iPhone XS Max launch is to increase the minimum space size.
Even with the "more disk space", there is still the need to monitor space to remove unused files and have space available. After all - you never know when you'll need to capture a video/photo at an event.
You can find out how much space you have available on your phone:
Go to the Settings app, then select General, then select iPhone Storage
Hot Tip: If the Settings App is buried in some folder and will take many swipes to get to, simply type "storage" in the iOS Search Box, and scroll to see the results in the settings area.
Chances are the Photos/Videos are using the most storage on your phone - unless you're a huge fan of music or movies.
There is an option to "Review Personal Videos" this is where you can check out the videos that are taking up the most space on your phone. The information is sorted by size with a nice preview icon with the date.
The problem is that the only action that you can take is to delete the video. There's no option to move the video off the phone before deleting.
Graphic Converter has a great Browse feature which gives you the ability to look at all the files on the phone. You can select the files to back up to the computer and then remove them.
What separates Graphic Converter from Apple Photos is that Apple Photos doesn't give you the ability to sort the view of by file size. So you are left to download all the files or try to guess which ones are taking the most space.
Graphic Converter is simply a better way to clean up the phone when you don't want to download everything.
Here are some of the things I learned using Graphic Converter to manage the multimedia on my phone.
|March 6, 2019|
Last week Samsung announced their next generation of cellphones. They certainly have some innovated features that are not available in the iPhone X Max.
and a lot more, see the Galaxy S10 Camera page.
Someone posted this Tweet:
While it's true that Apple Camera doesn't take "awesome" night shots. It doesn't mean you can't take quality night photos with the camera. You need two things:
The iPhone XS Max can take excellent night time pictures. Take a look at this photo that was taken at 8 pm at night:
This was done using ProCam Low light functionality. The trick is to keep the camera steady so that the iPhone Camera has time to collect as much light as possible.
|February 27, 2019|
Did you know that you can create your own Memoji on the iPhone XS Max? These are fun to create and to send to people in messenger.
Couple of examples
Note: You can only create Memoji on Phone X or later, or iPad Pro 11-inch or iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation). However, anyone can receive it - even Android users.
Have fun creating!
Here are the simple steps if you want to use your Memoji elsewhere - Slack Profile Picture or Jira Profile Photo. Unfortunately, there's no "export" Memoji process.
Perhaps in a future release of iOS Apple will make it easy to export the Memoji.
|February 20, 2019|
According to Apple Technical documents, the "backside" camera is simply called camera and the camera that is on the top of the screen is called "TrueDepth Camera." Some people may still refer to it as the FaceTime camera.
Knowing the "official" name is important when your searching Apple website for support help or information.
All the cool things at the top of your iPhone XS Max
The iPhone XS Max TrueDepth Camera is used for facial recognition. It's how the device tries to identify that you are a real person and not a picture. So someone can't fool the devices with a picture of you.
The dot projector throws up to 30,000 points on your face during a scan.
Apple hasn't given any specifics on the functionality of the Flood Illuminator. Some people believe helps the camera in putting together the background in Portrait mode. There is some speculation that it also helps with "Attention Aware Features" that is - make sure your actually looking at the phone before dimming the display to save power.
Pictures taken with the TrueDepth camera have a dimension of 3088x2316, which is pretty good.
Here's a handy chart from PicMonkey on the best size for printing photos:
As you can see, when taking pictures using the "True Depth" lens, the best printing size is 9x16. (Which really isn't all that bad of a size)
When taking Portrait Mode Selfies, you may find that Apple's Camera app has better results than Apps found in the Apple Store. This is because the third-party apps do not have full access to the full depth map that is used to create the Portrait Mode effects. The apps do have general depth information, but you may find that Apple's Camera may produce clearer facial pictures. (Try it out and see!)
Apple's Clips offers a cool Selfie background effect called Scenes. You can place yourself in places such as Municiberg Mayhem, Metropolis, Millennium Falcon, 8-Bit, Tea Garden and many more.
Games - There are some games that use the effect of TrueDepth camera:
You can add a second face to the Face ID by setting up an "Alternative Appearance." Located in the Settings > Face ID & Passcode. Warning: if you don't want the second person to access the device anymore you have to reset both Face IDs.
|February 13, 2019|
One of the nice things about the iPhone XS Max is the video quality. Users have the ability to select from six different video quality:
Higher resolution means more detail in each frame
The good thing about taking a high quality video is that you can get a high quality capture. So you can share a good frame.
A standard screen capture on the iPhone XS Max will give you an image dimension of 2688 x 1242, which isn't all that bad since a standard photo taken on the iPhone XS Max is 4032 x 3024.
Simply watch the video, pause it, wait for a few seconds for the pause icon to go away and do a screen capture.
Combination of iPhone XS Max and Procam 6 produces very cool photos.
If you have ProCam 6, you can take a better picture because with ProCam you can take a snapshot of the video at 3840 x 2160 (4k).
The nice thing about this is that you can do the photo creative on the iPhone. Previously I would have to download this to the computer and watch it full screen to get the best resolution.
This is a good technique to use when the subject matter is hard to capture. For example, taking a class picture of a bunch of school kids. You can search for the perfect shot.
In the above situation, I had my iPhone XS Max on a Monopod and was scanning the crowd. It would have been tricky to find the right time to take a picture.