Manipulating the iPhone 4/4S Camera to take Panorama Shots

A few days ago, I ran across an article online that showed a way to physically alter the camera in the new iOS 5 to uncover a new, hidden feature—panorama mode. Being skeptical and curious, I decided to try it, and, low and behold—it WORKED. Here’s a step-by-step process of what I did on my Mac…

Disclaimer: Before I begin, let me state that there is NO JAILBREAK required and it will not void any warranties or break any law—you’re just unlocking a feature that was always there. Also note, this is only proven to work in iPhone 4 and 4S only devices that are running iOS 5.

First, you’re going to have to download a free program off the Internet. It’s called iBackupBot, and can be found here: .

Next, sync your iPhone–just like the olden days in iTunes. Make sure you have the little radio button checked that syncs the phone to the computer, NOT iCloud!

 After that’s finished, open iBackupBot that was downloaded from the Internet. On the left hand panel, click on the name of the backup/sync that you just did on iTunes. You will see a bunch of lists like these pop up:

About two thirds of the way down the list, you will the name of the file that says:


Double click on it:

After line 55 of the code, type in the following, as shown highlighted in the photo below:

When you’re done, hit the SAVE button and then close the window. Next, on the main screen of the app, choose the iPhone button on the top that says “RESTORE BACKUP” (the one with the blue arrow). This will take a couple of minutes.

After this is completed, the phone will reset, and then you will be able to see the results. Launch CAMERA. In the OPTIONS panel, you will see the new PANORAMA mode!

-Greg Drupp

~ by gdd7 on November 10, 2011.

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