There Is a Secret Panorama Mode Hidden In the iPhone’s Camera Enable it

Posted: November 8, 2011 in Apple, Hack, HowTo, iDevice, iOS 5, iPad, iPhone, iPod

The iPhone camera has a secret Easter Egg: a panorama mode. This special mode—which Apple has not enabled for consumers yet—will allow you to capture large panoramic scene using multiple photos. This is how you can enable it:

1. First, you should access the in the iPhone (you need to have developer access to do this). The exact location of that plist is:





2. Then, add the line value of EnableFirebreak=Yes.


3. Done. A Panorama button will now appear when you click on Options, displaying a special interface to capture photos in succession, matching them to create the panoramic photo.

Why didn’t Apple enable this mode for consumers? Perhaps because it feels a bit cumbersome for now. I’m sure that, if they wanted to enable a panorama capture mode, they would do it in a more elegant, simpler way. After all, there are applications in the App Store that already perform this kind of function in a much elegant way.

Update: Conrad Kramer, the person who discovered the secret mode, has created a program to enable this in jailbroken iPhones without any text editing:

How to Enable Panoramic Camera Mode via Cydia

These are instructions on how to enable the secret panoramic camera mode.

Step One Jailbreak your device using one of our detailed tutorials which can be found here. Step Two Launch Cydia from your Springboard. Step Three Press to select Sections from the tab bar. Step Four Press to choose Tweaks from the list of Sections. Step Five Press to choose Firebreak from the list of Packages. Step Six Press the Install button at the top right of the screen. Step Seven Press the Confirm button to begin installation. Step Eight Once the installation has completed successfully press the large Restart SpringBoard button. Step Nine Once your SpringBoard has been restarted, press to launch the Camera. Step Ten Tap the Options button to bring up panoramic camera mode.

This works for iOS 5 only.


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