A couple days ago it was discovered that iPhones, iPods, and iPads running iOS 5 have a secret panorama mode that’s hidden in the operating system. The feature can be enabled, but featured either a jailbroken device or knowledge in how to edit a particular iOS 5 preference file. Luckily for non-hackers, Redmond Pie has discovered an easy way to do this by taking advantage of iTune’s backup feature. This tutorial will teach you how to get the panorama feature unlocked in 5-10 minutes.
The basic idea of this trick is to backup your device’s data to your computer, edit a single line in the backup files, and then restore the backup to your device.
Step 1: Backup Your Device in iTunes
You’ll need to back up your iPhone, iPod, or iPad to your computer using iTunes.
Step 2: Download iBackupBot
iBackupBot is a program for Windows and Mac that allows you to view and edit your iTunes backup data. The trial version should work fine.
Step 3: Open Up iBackupBot and Select Your Backup
Open up iBackupBot, and select your latest backup in the left pane.
Step 4: Locate the File
Locate the file named “com.apple.mobileslideshow.plist”. Sort by path to make this easier.
Step 5: Double Click the File to Edit
Double clicking the file will open up an editing screen for the file.
Step 6: Add an Entry to the File
Find the entry that says
and right below it, add this entry:
Click the disk icon to save the file, and exit out of iBackupBot
Step 7: Restore Your Backup
Restore the edited backup data to your device. In iTunes, right click your device, and choose “Restore From Backup”.
Step 8: Take Panoramic Photographs!
You’re done! Open up your camera app, press “Options”, and you should now see a button that says “Panorama”. Press that to enter Panorama mode:
Press the Camera button to begin capturing, and sweep your camera from left to right to fill in the panoramic photo:
Here’s the first panorama I shot (download the full res here). Obviously I need to work on my technique a little):
For whatever reason, Apple chose not to include this Panorama mode by default in the latest version of iOS 5. However, it appears to be a fully developed mode that is definitely fun to play around with.