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Secret Panoramic Mode For iPhone

Secret Panoramic Mode For iPhone

Enable the secret panoramic mode in iOS 5…

A developer has uncovered an Easter egg in Apple’s iOS5 for iPhone that enables a secret panoramic mode. Once enabled the features allows the user to take multiple photos and digitally stitch them together to create one large image.

The panoramic mode has not been enabled for customers, which is why it’s hard to find. However there are speculations that Apple will enable the panoramic mode with easier access in the future.

For now, here’s how to enable the secret panoramic mode:

  • First, you nee to access the in the iPhone. Note: you need developer access to do this.
  • Navigate to the list. Its location is here: /var/mobile/Library/Preferences/
  • Then, add the line value of: EnableFirebreak=Yes.
  • A Panorama button will now appear when you click on Options.
enable panoramic mode in ios5

Enable iOS 5's Panoramic Mode

With the panoramic mode enable, you should be able to take amazing pics similar to this…

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Government Buildings, Patuaxy Monument, Vientiane, Laos

Unfortunately I didn’t have an iPhone at hand, the above shot was actually captured with a Nikon D5000 and stitched together with Photoshop. Still, you get the idea.
Thanks to Conrad Kramer, the developer who uncovered the Easter egg. He also noted that those running a jail broken OS can already download a program from Cydia to enable the mode.

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  1. Jesus Diaz: There Is a Secret Panorama Mode Hidden In the iPhone’s Camera. Gizmodo, 11/07/2011.
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