Halide Camera App Launches on iPad with a Redesigned User Interface

Halide, which is ranked as PetaPixel’s best professional iPhone camera app, has been redesigned with a new user interface specifically for iPad users. The company claims its completely custom user interface for iPad contains all of the Halide features, such as manual controls for shutter speed and ISO, Smart Raw and RAW+JPG capture, Instant RAW […]

Halide Camera App Launches on iPad with a Redesigned User Interface

Halide, which is ranked as best professional iPhone camera app, has been redesigned with a new user interface specifically for iPad users.

The company claims its completely custom user interface for iPad contains all of the Halide features, such as manual controls for shutter speed and ISO, Smart Raw and RAW+JPG capture, Instant RAW processing, a dedicated Depth mode, manual focus with focus peaking, and much more.

Near the shutter button, users will find an expandable “honeycomb” of features — pictured above — which allows the viewfinder to be minimally obscured. It still contains similar gestures and controls as the iPhone version of the app but is designed to sit in places where user’s thumbs typically are found when using the tablet.

Similarly, a new custom typeface has been designed to be bolder and has been adjusted for the larger display of the iPad. Other key features are available at the edges of the screen with the corner buttons designed with a matching icon radius to purposefully fit into the corners of the iPad screen, similar to the iPhone design.

The app also takes into account the different user experiences of taking a photo with a smaller iPhone versus a large tablet. The large screen makes it difficult to judge a composition because users hold it close but the human vision limits their ability to discern detail in the larger area and focuses on a small area instead.

For this reason, Halide designed Pro View, which can be toggled in the bottom left. Pro View shrinks the viewfinder up to the limits of detailed central vision. That is to say, it makes the viewfinder large enough to use the bigger iPad screen but also small enough to judge the composition. It also leaves additional space for manual mode, histogram — which was made larger — waveform, manual focus, and more.

Halide in Pro View
Pro View in landscape mode

As users hold an iPad with two hands compared to the single-hand most use with iPhone, Halide also added a mode that switches the entire UI to the left-hand side should the users find that more comfortable.

The settings of the app include Tech Readout, which is a feature that locally checks the specifications of cameras, to investigate any camera changes and improvements on the iPad. Halide claims that the new app delivers a lot more than what appears at first sight, and contains many other refinements, features, and fixes which have been worked on throughout the design process.

The iPad app is free for existing Halide users who can update the app to automatically to receive this iPad version. New users can subscribe to a monthly or yearly membership, or purchase the app for a one-time fee from the App Store.

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Jermaine Smith (Concept Creator) | Let’s Go Digital In a play on smartphone design that would make them much more like traditional cameras, Xiaomi has patented a modular smartphone that would accept interchangeable nodes, each one with different functions. Xiaomi is no stranger to unusual smartphone designs. Just a few days ago, PetaPixel reported on […]

Xiaomi Patents a Modular Smartphone with Interchangeable Cameras
Jermaine Smith (Concept Creator) | Let’s Go Digital

In a play on smartphone design that would make them much more like traditional cameras, Xiaomi has patented a modular smartphone that would accept interchangeable nodes, each one with different functions.

Xiaomi is no stranger to unusual smartphone designs. Just a few days ago, PetaPixel reported on the recently resurfaced Xiaomi patent for a rotating under-display camera, and the company continues its work on innovative designs for future smartphone models like a modular smartphone patent that has been rendered by

Modular smartphones are not a completely new concept, but they have yet to gain widespread appeal. For example, the Dutch company Fairphone already sells modular smartphones, with a heavy focus on the environmental aspect. The available interchangeable parts, like the camera, speaker, or the top, middle, or bottom modules are meant to make smartphone electronics last longer and become easier to repair, while also using recycled materials to manufacture them.

Xiaomi’s own modular smartphone idea revolves around three modules, which have been mocked up by the Dutch graphic designer Jermaine Smith from Concept Creator, to help visualize what the patented idea might look like.

Jermaine Smith (Concept Creator) | Let’s Go Digital

The first module in the upper part of the device contains the motherboard and the camera system, while the second module, which is the middle part, houses the battery. The bottom of the phone carries the third module, although it is unclear what functions this module would have.

Let’s Go Digital reports that at least two modules contain a screen, and according to the official documentation, they can be connected together to form a large panel with no visible separation in-between, giving users access to a full-screen design. The said modules are attached using a rail system.

Let’s Go Digital

In the patent, two types of rear camera modules are mentioned: a square-shaped one with three cameras and a flash and a single vertical column that has four cameras. Let’s Go Digital suggests that it’s likely the square-design camera has a periscopic zoom.

In regards to the selfie camera, it is currently unclear what type of camera would be implemented for this design, with both a punch-hole camera and an under-screen one as possible choices.

Jermaine Smith (Concept Creator) | Let’s Go Digital

The innovative brand’s motivation to pursue modular smartphones is similar to the aforementioned Fairphone: it makes replacing parts more cost-effective, in addition to reducing unnecessary waste, which has been a concern for many brands who have stopped supplying new purchases with chargers, for example. It is yet to be seen if Xiaomi will implement the patent in its future smartphone models and what functions each interchangeable module will have but it does bring additional user customization to the table.

Unfortunately, modular tech devices have not had a particularly successful history. Ricoh tried it with the GXR interchangeable sensor system — which has since been discontinued — and while a new startup is attempting a similar strategy with laptops, previous attempts from Intel, Compute Card’s Ghost Canyon NUC, and Alienware all failed. Specifically in smartphones, Motorola tried a modular back system called Moto Mods, which also did not last long.

Xiaomi’s patent can be read in full here.

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