Apple Could Use ‘Broadcast Quality’ iPhone Cameras to Stream WWDC 2020 Sessions

Apple Could Use 'Broadcast Quality' iPhone Cameras to Stream WWDC 2020 Sessions thumbnail

“American Idol” is one of many shows to be on hiatus amid the ongoing health crisis, and last month we learned that filming is being done remotely using iPhones to finish out the current season.



According to a new TechCrunch article, the home studio rigs provided by ABC to “American Idol” hosts and contestants comprise a three-camera setup, including three iPhone 11 Pros, a tripod and a ring light, with production teams helping with camera setup and editing at a safe distance from home.

Apple also provided a statement for the article, saying its iPhones offer a novel portable solution for professionals to deliver “broadcast quality” video, despite the stay-at-home restrictions.

We know that people are relying on their favorite shows while staying at home, and we are happy to be a part of that process with the team at American Idol. iPhone offers a unique solution to deliver broadcast quality video, in the palm of your hand, while keeping production staff and on-air talent safe and in their homes.

Apple’s consumer equipment has been used before to produce TV shows and other broadcasts from home. For example, well-known talk show host Conan O’Brien shoots his show from home using an ‌iPhone‌, while all of his guests use Skype and the rest of his crew is working from home.

Apple itself is planning to use iPhones for streaming broadcasts at WWDC 2020, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman, although the extent of this reliance on iPhones is likely to be limited to developer sessions. Expect Apple’s keynote presentation and other prominent broadcasts to involve more professional studio rigs and tracking equipment.

Apple’s virtual WWDC event kicks off next month and will be hosted in the Apple Developer app and the Apple Developer website. The event will be free for all developers, and Apple’s keynote is likely to fall on on June 22, when WWDC begins.

Top Stories

Leaker: Apple to Stick With Lightning Over USB-C for ‘iPhone 12’ Before Going Port-Less Next Year

Apple will use a Lightning port instead of USB-C in the upcoming “iPhone 12,” but it will be the last major series of Apple’s flagship phones to do so, with models set to combine wireless charging and a port-less Smart Connector system for data transfer and syncing in the iPhone “13 series” next year.
The above claim comes from occasional Apple leaker and Twitter user “Fudge” (@choco_bit),…

16-Inch MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, and iMac Pro With Mini-LED Displays Again Rumored to Launch in 2021

Apple plans to release several higher-end devices with Mini-LED displays in 2021, including a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro in the first quarter, a new 16-inch MacBook Pro in the second quarter, and a new 27-inch iMac in the second half of the year, according to Jeff Pu, an analyst at Chinese research firm GF Securities.
This timeframe lines up with one shared by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who recently…

Leaker Shares Details on ‘iPhone 13’ Camera

Wednesday May 27, 2020 4:27 pm PDT by

The next-generation iPhone 12 lineup coming in fall 2020 isn’t out yet, but Fudge (@choco_bit), a leaker who sometimes shares information on upcoming Apple devices, today offered up details on what Apple has in store for the 2021 iPhone 13’s camera setup.
A simple design drawing depicts a device with a four camera array, which Fudge claims will have the following features: 64-megapixel…

Jailbreak Tool ‘unc0ver’ 5.0 Released With iOS 13.5 Compatibility

The team behind the “unc0ver” jailbreaking tool for iOS has released version 5.0.0 of its software that claims to have the ability to jailbreak “every signed iOS version on every device” using a zero-day kernel vulnerability by Pwn20wnd, a renowned iOS hacker. The announcement comes just days after it was announced that the tool would soon launch.
The unc0ver website highlights how the tool…

Apple Making It Harder to Avoid Nagging macOS Update Notifications

Thursday May 28, 2020 8:13 am PDT by

With the release of macOS Catalina 10.15.5 and related security updates for macOS Mojave and High Sierra earlier this week, Apple is making it more difficult for users to ignore available software updates and remain on their current operating system versions.
Included in the release notes for macOS Catalina 10.15.5 is the following:- Major new releases of macOS are no longer hidden when…

HBO Max Now Available on Apple TV and iOS Devices

Wednesday May 27, 2020 2:42 am PDT by

HBO Max launched today, and is now available on Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad. WarnerMedia’s new streaming service, which replaces HBO Now, combines HBO content with shows and films from Warner Bros and Turner TV.
The service is available as a native app on the ‌Apple TV‌ HD and ‌Apple TV‌ 4K, but second and third-generation ‌Apple TV‌ owners will need to AirPlay HBO Max content…

First App Using Apple and Google’s Exposure Notification API Launches in Switzerland

Tuesday May 26, 2020 3:02 pm PDT by

The first app that takes advantage of the Exposure Notification API developed by Apple and Google has launched in Switzerland, according to a report from the BBC.
A team of app developers working on contact tracing app called SwissCovid have rolled out the app in a beta capacity for members of the Swiss army, hospital workers, and civil servants. After the app is tested and approved by MPs,…

Anker Launches $100 24K Gold-Plated USB-C to Lightning Cable

Wednesday May 27, 2020 12:47 pm PDT by

Anker, a brand normally known for its well-made, affordable accessories for Apple devices, has debuted a new $100 24K gold-plated USB-C to Lightning cable.
According to Anker, the cable, which is in the PowerLine III family, features a “Special Edition Gold Design” that’s “bold yet elegant” with the aforementioned gold-plated cable heads and matching braided gold and black cable.
The…

Read More