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New OxygenOS Open Betas bring front-facing portrait mode on OnePlus 5/5T

Bokeh-style portraits from the selfie lens.

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OnePlus has dropped new OxygenOS open betas for the OnePlus 5 and 5T. The former is treated with open beta 17, while the later has reached to open beta 15, as far as numbers are concerned.

The beta softwares come along numerous changes, including new features and improvements. Bundled with the package, we now have bokeh effects tied to the selfie snappier, meaning OnePlus 5/5T can now create bokeh-style portraits using the front camera, too.

The bokeh results, however, produced from the front camera lens would not be as perfect as one created by using the rear dual cameras. Moreover, there are under-the-hood system updates and UI optimization in some parts.

Following is the official changelog for the latest OxygenOS open beta builds for OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T.

  • System
    • Added Toast message source for Toast messages sent by background apps
    • Added description about sleep standby optimization when the function is turned on for the first time
    • Optimized background power consumption control
    • Fixed call recording issue in India
    • Updated Android security patch to 2018.8
  • Camera
    • Added portrait mode for the front camera
  • Gaming mode 3.0
    • Added call suspension notification
    • Added text notification mode
    • UI and interaction optimization
  • Weather
    • Hourly weather forecast
    • 8 units of meteorological data including precipitation probability and Perceived temperature
    • Improved weather data accuracy
  • Note
    • New OxygenOS UI
    • Optimized process for sharing notes as an image
  • Oneplus Switch
    • UI optimization

The OxygenOS features mentioned above are still in beta so it’ll take some time before they pave their way to the stable build of the software. Interested in installing the open beta (please expect bugs)? Please head over here.

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Apple updates Clips for iOS with Selfie Scenes, Stickers and more

Selfie Scenes, Stickers, Soundtracks and more.

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Apple has updated Clips app for iOS. The update adds more great content for video creation, including Selfie Scenes, Stickers, Soundtracks and more.

The new Clips iOS app brings six new Selfie Scenes that transport you into different worlds. These are 360-degree backgrounds that augment while taking selfie photos and videos. Selfie Scenes make use of Apple’s TrueDepth camera system on iOS devices, which restricts the feature to iPhone X and above models, and the new iPad Pro.

You can blend seamlessly into a variety of scenes, including a beautiful rainforest, a mad scientist’s lab, and even an action-packed scene from Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2, thanks to the Neural Engine on Apple’s Bionic chips.

Amongst the new additions, Clips now has three new real-time filters that transform video clips into black-and-white comic books, monochrome watercolor paintings, and aged film.

There’s a bunch of new stickers and text labels in tow to use in videos. If that’s not enough, Apple has also added 17 new royalty-free soundtracks to compliment the videos that you’ll be making. Moreover, the newly-added posters lets you create great-looking video title cards with designs including science, sports and even Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 and Coco.

Apple Clips 2.0.5 is available to download as a free update on the App Store. Happy updating!

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Fifth iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1, and watchOS 5.1 betas now available

Inching closer to the public release,

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Apple has dropped a trio of beta software builds today, including iOS 12.1 beta 5, tvOS 12.1 beta 5, and watchOS 5.1 beta 5. The updates are now available to registered Apple developers.

iOS 12.1 brings a host of new features and improvements, including Group FaceTime which allows you to chat with up to 31 people simultaneously. It also adds Dual SIM support and real-time depth adjustment for the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max. Not to forget, eSIM support will be available in the US only.

We’re expecting Apple to drop the public release of iOS 12.1 during its October Special Event next week. Till then, Stay tuned. 

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Redesigned Tweetbot 5 for iOS brings GIF support, optimized dark mode and more

An optimized Dark Mode for OLED displays is what you could ask for this iPhone season.

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Tweetbot 5 for iOS

Tweetbot, the award-winning Twitter client has been updated on iOS to bring GIF support, redesigned profiles amongst other new features today. The update to version 5 also makes Tweetbot ready for iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone XR.

What you’ll notice first upon updating to Tweetbot 5 on iOS is the new app icon. It’s now identical to the iconography on Mac. The app also lets you compose GIF that’s powered by Giphy. And an optimized Dark Mode for OLED displays is what you could ask for when you’ve got an iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max. Other changes to Tweetbot 5 on iOS follows:

  • Redesigned tweet status details.
  • Support for haptic feedback.
  • Auto video playback in the timeline (which can be disabled in the settings).
  • Ability to add descriptions to images when composing.

Tweetbot 5 is available to download from the App Store for $4.99. If you’re an existing Tweetbot user, you’ll get the update over-the-air for free, of course.

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