iPhone 3G, 3GS Not Getting HDR Photos: Jailbreak to the Rescue

The iPhone 3G and 3GS will not be getting HDR photo abilities like the iPhone 4 when iOS 4.1 comes out this week. Actually, it is expected to come out tomorrow (September 8th) since Apple leaked the date on its UK site. The iPhone 3G and 3GS do not have the same 5 megapixel camera as the iPhone 4, but the devices are capable of taking HDR photos with third party apps.

That is where the jailbreak rescue comes into play. An app/hack for the iPhone 3 and 3GS will be heading to Cydia soon that will enable the feature. Of course, iOS 4.1 has not been jailbroken yet, but something tells me that the ingenious iOS hackers have already figured out a way to do it but are waiting for the official release. The perpetual cat and mouse game between Apple and hackers who just want the iPhone family to do more continues.

Remember how Apple decided that the iPhone 3G wasn’t good enough to take video? Last time I checked, there were literally dozens of video apps for it. Many came out soon after its launch. Or remember how long it took the iPhone to get picture messaging? Yeah, hackers figured out how to do it a long time before Apple and AT&T let it happen.

I am sure that the HDR photos on the iPhone 3G and 3GS will not be as sharp or impressive as the ones on the iPhone 4 since they have older camera hardware inside, but hey, Apple wants to push more units of its newest model. If it can use the excuse of wanting to avoid a sub-par user experience, it is entitled to. However, even the Apple fans out there have to admit that sometimes Apple goes a little too far in paring down what features older hardware gets. My opinion is, if the hardware can do it, then why not give us the software to?

Think Apple should have included the iPhone 3G and 3GS on the list for HDR support? Is this the same nonsense that keeps non-jailbroken iPhone 3Gs from shooting video? Let me know what you think, and if you will be willing to jailbreak to get HDR.

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