iOS camera app gets new Time-Lapse video option in iOS 8

Apple’s iOS 8 is packed with new features, but one particularly awesome went a bit under the radar during the WWDC announcement. It’s a new mode for the camera that we’re certain many of you will love: time-lapse.

Apple’s camera already has an awesome slow motion camera feature, but what time-lapse does is kind of the opposite - it allows your phone to capture images over a long period of time, and then stitch it all up into a video that speeds up otherwise slowly happening events. Think about seeing the movement of clouds, the bustling of a busy street, or even the blooming of a flower.

Interestingly, time-lapse is a feature that is not even available on some fairly expensive dedicated cameras, and that makes it even greater to have on a smartphone. iOS 8 does all the processing and other heavy lifting, and all in the typical simple and intuitive user interface.

We don’t yet know about compatibility with actual devices, but if iOS 8 compatibility was to be used - the new camera time-lapse option should be available on iPhone 4s and newer, iPod touch 5th gen, iPad 2nd gen and later, as well as iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display.

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6 Comments

1. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

You could do that on android in 2012.

3. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

SHUT UP! IT'S PERFECTED NOW, SILLY!!

5. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

lol of course, and with a app installed in iPhone can do it in 2012 too, now has in the camera app so i don't need to install an app

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

How well will this work with the meager RAM of most iDevices and all those cheap 8GB flash devices Apple is selling? Seems like a feature designed to sell expensive flash storage and hardware upgrades.

6. barnaby78

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 06, 2014

Because, somehow time-lapse videos magically take up more space than realtime videos... ?

4. greatoneiw

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

and this is a new thing ??? lol i never had iphone but time lapse is a new thing (2014)??? lol :D:D

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