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Apple iPhone becomes 2Mp camcorder

Hacker releases unauthorised iPhone download

A hacker has managed to turn Apple's iPhone into a video camcorder capable of capturing 2-megapixel clips at 10 frames per second (fps).

On his website Monsters and Friends, 'drunknbass' said he isn't finished working on the unauthorised application. "Right now, I can capture 2-megapixel quality at 10fps for 10 seconds," he said. "[But] when I lower the quality to normal phone-size .mov, I should be able to get a higher fps and a minute of video at least."

He also posted a beta of the application, which only records five seconds of video at 10fps, and spelled out what he was shooting for in a final. "The final app will be able to record somewhere from 15 to 30+ fps and should have an unlimited file length," said the hacker in a post to his site. Standard television images are broadcast at 30 fps.

The beta does not store the five-second clips, but instead automatically deletes each when the next is shot.

Like all third-party native iPhone applications, drunknbass' camcorder is unauthorised by Apple. That situation may change as early as February 2008, assuming Apple makes good on the promise of CEO Steve Jobs and rolls out an iPhone software developer's kit by then.

To download the 36KB beta, users must register with the Monsters and Friends site.

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