Messages? Nope. Yes, everyone uses it. It’s free and built in and works with all smartphones. High resolution OLED displays? Nope. Most iPhone-folken cannot tell the difference between OLED and LCD. How about Apple’s powerful A-Series Bionic chips? Nope.
The. Best. Ever.
We can appreciate Safari as much as Calendar and Contacts, right? Email? Love it on my iPhone. Games? Yes, but games are for the masses of younger users, not those of maturity like you and me.
So, what is it? What is the iPhone’s best feature ever?
Check the icon in the graphic above. Duh. The camera. Today planet earth has about 3.5-billion smartphones with decent cameras, and the latest from Apple rank among the best; so good, in fact, that photos are almost indistinguishable from scenes captured on expensive DSLRs with a huge lens. No, they’re not as good, but most iPhone-folken, and at times, yours truly, cannot tell which photo was taken with which device.
Therefore, I aim to settle the debate I started once and for all. iPhone’s camera is the iPhone’s best feature ever.
Apple helped to move the smartphone camera industry into what is called computational photography. There’s a camera, yes, but the iPhone is a computer, and guess what does much of the work to make photos and videos look better than their actual scenes?
Computational photography refers to digital image capture and processing techniques that use digital computation instead of optical processes. Computational photography can improve the capabilities of a camera, or introduce features that were not possible at all with film based photography, or reduce the cost or size of camera elements.
An iPhone can only hold so much lens or so many lenses, so the software takes over and kinda sorta mostly computes the scene you want from the scene the camera captured. The early iPhones had anemic cameras, but Apple continued to advance the state of the art every year, and, thanks to competition, the entire smartphone industry has much higher quality photos and videos.
Speaking of videos, iPhone XS and XS Max may have the best video you can get in a smartphone; far better than broadcast television, with resolution and color so good it gets used in feature length movies. We’re talking 4K HDR video, folks.
Thanks to iPhone continually raising the bar on smartphone camera technology– hardware and software– we can be sure of one thing. There are no grays, no green martians, no Big Foot. With 3.5-billion smartphone cameras on planet earth, surely, if they exist, someone would have a video of them already.