The iPhone 2009 isn't very far away now, but we're still jumping at the bit to get as much info about the new smartphone as we can. This week, our burning need for Apple leaks has been sated by a Chinese blog called UMPC fever. They posted some behind-the-scenes images of the iPhone 2009's camera in action. After reading the translation, and AppleInsider's report on the entry, we've got a lot to say.
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First off, we've got photos of the autofocusing feature for the iPhone 2009's camera. All you'll need to do to focus in on a certain point is tap the portion of the screen you want to focus on. A little reticule will pop up to let you know exactly where you selected to focus. The autofocusing mode works on pictures and while taking video. From what we can see, the iPhone 2009 is much better at capturing fine detail than its predecessor, which should make taking readable pictures of text (or barcodes) finally possible.
UMPC also brought us some leaks for the new iPhone compass app, including our first ever pictures of how the app looks. The app displays a physical compass on your iPhone screen, and also tells you your heading. Nothing else is visible, but I'd be surprised if we won't also have the option of displaying or otherwise reading our latitude and longitude in the map. The new compass app works because of the new iPhone's built-in magnometer which means that (unlike Google Maps) you won't need to have an Internet connection to use it.
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The blog post had several other apps and features pictured, including the new MMS layout, the voice recording app, and the stock ticker. I think the new iPhone's most useful feature is going to end up being the barcode reader. It's a simple thing, but it will allow people to easily comparison shop and probably save iPhone users a big bucket of money. Which is good, because they're going to need some extra scratch when the iPhone 2009 hits stores later this year.
The story on UMPC featuring the new iPhone photos has been removed. See also a good round-up of the leaked iPhone 2009 photos on MacRumors.