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Tim Cook posts god-awful blurry photo from his iPhone at Superbowl (UPDATE: takes it down!)

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Tim Cook posted this blurry photo from his iPhone right after the Broncos win

Tim Cook posted this blurry photo from his iPhone right after the Broncos win


The iPhone has a great camera, the common knowledge goes: it's fast, reliable and takes good-looking pictures. Apple even has a dedicated page on its website, where it displays 'Shot on iPhone' series of stunning images taken on its latest phones, and some of those images could well end up in an art gallery. "Imagine what you can do with a camera this advanced," Apple proudly proclaims in its camera page for the iPhone.

Yet when it comes to one of the biggest events for the year, the Superbowl, nobody did worse PR for the iPhone camera than Apple chief executive Tim Cook. In the heat of the moment, Cook posted a picture from the playground, where the celebrations over the win of the Denver Broncos over the Carolina Panthers were just starting.

"Try using a Samsung phone for a better pic!"

And the picture is god-awful. It's terribly blurry. It does not look great.

Twitter users were quick to grill Cook over the picture, taking jabs at the iPhone for lacking any kind of optical image stabilization that other phones have and that could have helped it capture a sharp picture in those conditions. The reactions range from "bruh that's the best photo you could take?" to the quite hurtful "try using a Samsung phone for a better pic!"

Update: Tim Cook has now quietly taken down the shameful picture from Twitter! 

This is really interesting for two reasons: first, it admits that Cook himself is not happy with the picture and especially the reaction it has gotten, but also secondly, it is interesting because Cook has decided not to comment on the poor quality of the picture in any way. Luckily, while Cook might have taken the photo down from twitter, it lives up on the web and you can still see it right above and marvel why it was posted in the first place.


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posted on 08 Feb 2016, 02:04 83

1. Sidewinder (Posts: 429; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Ha ha that's hilarious..

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 02:52 31

23. shaineql (Posts: 355; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Yep, get OIS.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 11:41 6

114. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


Cook's face on that thumb is like zombie from resident evil 1 that animation when he turns head..
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=resident+evil+1&safe=active&prmd=ivsn&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjOj_TDnevKAhWJC5oKHcQvC9EQ_AUIBygB&biw=360&bih=561#imgrc=wNEMJT5nGtbpRM%3A

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 11:49 1

118. Scott93274 (Posts: 4605; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Dude, you're right!!!! lol, nothing to do with the article but still appreciated! Great catch!

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 23:33

173. My1cent (Posts: 345; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Y'all are wrong!!
It's not a blurry picture but the newest feature, 3D image!!! (or virtual reality image?!)

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 08:18 7

48. lyndon420 (Posts: 4370; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Yup lol. Once it's on the web it's out there forever. Looking forward to Cook's explanation.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 10:11

59. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2934; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


.Deleted.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 10:24 16

60. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2934; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Timmy got mad at the guy that made the poster:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cas1LUpWcAA9_p7.png:orig

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 12:41 1

66. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Iphones generally do pretty good, but that lack of OIS really hurt it here.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 11:42 4

115. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


This has nothign to do with OIS. Its has all to do with the cheap camera on the 6s models.

We already saw in PA's own tests that the iPhone 6S doesnt take better pictures than the previous model.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 15:35 14

73. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12979; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I heard he wanted to use the S6, but the RAM management closed the camera app on him shortly before the battery died.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 17:15 2

77. jeroome86 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


LOL. Really he should of thought about that pic before posting.
My 6 plus takes some good pics.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 17:31

78. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12979; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Same. Both have taken great photos for me.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 10:05 30

92. marorun (Posts: 3561; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Buthurt much?

I hate samsung deeply. but not a single samsung user told me its camera app closed because of other app opened ;)

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 10:10 26

95. tedkord (Posts: 11629; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Of course not. It's his pattern - see something negative about Apple, try to deflect the negative attention to Samsung or Android. If there's nothing negative to user, make something up.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 20:26

166. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12979; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I don't think you understood what I meant.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 10:40 15

103. FrenchGuy (Posts: 108; Member since: 12 Dec 2014)


Mentioning the battery life of the S6 when you speak about the iPhone 6 doesn't make your comment relevant at all... Really.
And please, don't think I'm a hatet. I use both devices. The battery life of the s6 is not great but it's even worse for the 6/6s...

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 10:53 3

107. natypes (Posts: 1092; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


Stay salty

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 16:41 2

152. tedkord (Posts: 11629; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Like the Dead Sea.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 20:26

165. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12979; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Stay butthurt.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 11:43 3

116. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


More like, he wanted to take a picture with the S6, but employees from Apple brand, can't be seen in public using better hardware from another brand.

iDiot!

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 20:25

164. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12979; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Better hardware? Let's talk when the Note 5 isn't closing everything in the background or TouchWiz lagging more than molasses pouring in 0 degree weather.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 20:30 4

168. cheetah2k (Posts: 1576; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Whaaat? Never had an issue with the S6 or Note5. Stop smokin crack

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 02:10 3

85. JoshN (Posts: 180; Member since: 01 Apr 2015)


Makes the HTC One M9s camera seem AMAZING

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 02:56 12

86. SIGPRO (Posts: 1432; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


I can think of 2 things Apple would say.
1: Blurry pictures this is a new feature patented by Apple.
2: Tim Cook was houlding it wrong.....

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 11:38

112. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


He was pissed

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 13:26 4

138. lyndon420 (Posts: 4370; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


#blurrypicgate ?

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 02:05 5

2. palmguy (Posts: 536; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


Wow. :)

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 02:05 61

3. marchulya (Posts: 47; Member since: 18 Nov 2014)


ahaha - that's epic fail of the year! )))

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 09:34 2

54. Podrick (Posts: 711; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)


And some people say iphone has "best" camera.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 11:51 4

119. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


The iPhone has always had a crappy camera. The problem was, older phones has even crappier cameras.

But at least Samsung and HTC got better over time, while Apple basically stayed the same.

The camera in the 4/4S are terrible, but then back then they were not. The 5's all basically have the same camera and so does the 6. They all use the same 8MP cheap shooter.

again, I am not saying any OEM should be goign for spec ware. What I am saying is, with all the money Apple has, they should be leading any spec war. The iPhone shoudl already have a 16MP sensor at the least. It should already have 3/4GB of RAM, minimum 64Gb of storage and 1440p displays.

After all, if the Note 5 with 1440p and 4 times the hardware can be better at everything over the iPhone 6S+, what is Apple doing with all that money other than hiding it from the government.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 14:34 3

140. tedkord (Posts: 11629; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Come on. That's ridiculous. The iPhone had never had a crappy camera. They've always been very good, though not necessarily the best on a smartphone.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 16:53

154. jeroome86 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Not to mention HTC is not known for their camera quality. You have to take what he says with a huge grain of salt.

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 04:30

171. Diezparda (Posts: 871; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Agreed! I'm using both Android & iOS so i know both qualities. I think most people prefer using the iPhone camera because their simple interface and pretty much good result without too much settings, but i think that's also becoming their weakness for those who want to experiment with mobile camera for better result.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 18:55

161. ecmedic4 (Posts: 335; Member since: 02 May 2013)


Ive always got quite pleasing results with the iPhone camera. Currently have the 6 Plus and have a very good video at night of a Arch Medical helicopter landing at the hospital i work at. And funny you say the iPhone should already have a 16 MP camera but samsung is reducing their's to 12 MP from 16. The iPhone 6S/Pus has 12 MP camera which is not the same as the 8MP camera from previous models. Neither is the 8MP camera on the iPhone 6/Pus, its a different camera from the iPhone 5S. Your good at making up stuff tho without actual facts to back up ur claims. And 1440p I think its overkill for a smartphone screen. Just because someone else is doing it doesn't mean everyone should or that its needed.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 02:05 21

4. AlikMalix (Posts: 5836; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I'm an iPhone fan, but that's redicously funny as hell. The irony is so way up there that Mars landing in 2030 would be jealous. The haters won't let this go for years - and I wouldn't blame them.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 02:29 4

16. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


It's bad PR. The over excitment from the game might have gotten to him.

Night shot need steady hands.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 07:52 9

47. xocomaox (Posts: 134; Member since: 14 Dec 2015)


My question is, why would he share this picture?

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 20:32 8

82. tacarat (Posts: 769; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


It probably looked ok on a little screen. And by little screen, I mean "not a full size computer monitor". Add a few beers as well.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 14:44

141. tedkord (Posts: 11629; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The image on my phone, taking up less than half the 5.7 inch screen, is obviously blurry. Screen size had nothing to do with it, unless Cook had a special 1 inch screened iPhone.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 19:13

162. tacarat (Posts: 769; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


For the purposes of this experiment, you should also consume one Superbowl's worth of alcohol too.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 13:24

137. lyndon420 (Posts: 4370; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


I'll give Tim the benefit of doubt...he probably has (had) his twitter account set up to automatically upload pics as it's taken. I hope this isn't the case as it's more fun to label him as an idiot.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 09:51 1

57. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


To you use the s7 cam that is

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 02:07 4

5. EcoCare (Posts: 434; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)


Surprise surprise!

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 02:07 5

6. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


ROFL!

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 02:07 9

7. Mfa901 (Posts: 280; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


The truth has been spoken...

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 02:09 7

8. shy2papa (Posts: 309; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)


OMG that's hilarious can't stop laughing lol

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 02:10 6

9. Midoo93 (Posts: 36; Member since: 15 Sep 2015)


Hahahahaha!! THIS IS EPIC!!

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 02:14 20

10. vliang86 (Posts: 247; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


I'm switching to Android this year!! Anyone??

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 02:25 16

14. MosesPinto (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


I'm already there... and proud ;)

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 10:08 4

93. marorun (Posts: 3561; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Been taking night shot on my moto x play and its never thats blurry lol
My phone cost half the price of an iphone...

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 13:07 2

135. vliang86 (Posts: 247; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


I had my Samsung S6 two months ago and sold it. Now I regret!

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 02:19 14

12. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (limited) (Posts: 1133; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


I don't think he's going to take well on Samsung phone either, his hand the problem not the phone.

Time for Cook to stop being single, so that his hand will recovered, if you know what I mean

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 09:32 2

88. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


its called auto tracking for moving images keeps focus for you. look it up. even a drunk handed person with a gs6 could have closed their eyes and taken a better shot.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 10:09 1

94. marorun (Posts: 3561; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Same on the moto x play i tryed taking pic shaking and even moving the phone non stop and none came out this blurry.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 02:28 2

15. jesus_sheep (Posts: 257; Member since: 18 Apr 2015)


It's common knowledge that Tim Cook uses a Windows phone as his daily driver. Hence the blur.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 10:28 4

61. Veigald (Posts: 290; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


You mean like the ones that introduced optical image stabilization? Duh.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 12:48

130. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1048; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


So this is clearly not the work of the Lumia 1020, 920, 928, 930, 1520, 950 or 950 xl. Ok.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 17:28 2

155. Bernoulli (Posts: 3981; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Most idiotic user I've seen in a while right here lads.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 02:29 4

17. HonestRealist (Posts: 196; Member since: 25 Jan 2016)


Think before you post Tim... Think... And look at the damn picture before posting... Or perhaps a visit to the optometrist is in order?

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