AWT News Update: July 7, 2016

Just a pair of stories today for your Apple news fix:

  • Another smartphone manufacturer attempting to duplicate Apple's success with the "Shot on iPhone" ad campaign gets caught using a $4,500 camera/lens combo to shoot their "smartphone" photo
  • Fed up with long lines at Customs and Border Protection when you come back from overseas? A new app promises to streamline the process and get you on your way quickly

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 7, 2016.

Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” ad campaign highlighting the great video and still images that can be taken with the iPhone 6s Plus has been highly successful. The campaign features photos and video shot by amateur and professional photographers, all on standard iPhones. Well, a few days ago another smartphone manufacturer, Huawei, posted a photo on Google+ with the implication that the photo was taken with the company’s P9 smartphone. It was such a good photo that some photographers who saw the post were dubious that it could have been shot on any smartphone, and they were correct. Google+ preserves EXIF metadata for posted images, and that metadata pointed out that the image in question was taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR coupled with a Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L zoom lens with image stabilization and USM autofocus. That combination runs $4,500. Huawei’s post noted that “The Huawei P9’s dual Leica cameras makes taking photos in low light conditions like this a pleasure. Reinvent smartphone photography and share your sunrise pictures with us.” While they didn’t come right out and say that the P9 was used to take the photo, the statement implied that the “dual Leica cameras” made photographs like the one in question possible with a smartphone. The company removed the photo, and posted a retraction that said in part that “The photo, which was professionally taken while filming a Huawei P9 advert, was shared to inspire our community.” Yeah, right.

Are you planning on traveling internationally soon? If so, you might want to check into a new app called Mobile Passport that can be used at major international airports in the United States to speed up the process of going through Customs and Border Protection. The app can be pre-configured with an entire family’s passport information ahead of time, and then prior to landing, the user can enter the same information that’s usually asked on paper forms, like if the person entering the US has commercial merchandise or is transporting currency or monetary instruments valued at over $10,000, and the total amount of purchases made overseas. Upon landing, users submit the data via cellular or Wi-Fi network, and a barcode is returned to the app. That barcode is used at the Mobile Passport Control desk at selected airports along with a valid passport to get you on your way quickly. AppleInsider talked with a U.S. Customs official in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, who said that the traditional US Entry line had an 84-minute estimated wait time, while nobody was in the Mobile Passport line. That’s certain to change as more people become aware of the app, but for the time being that’s impressive. Currently, you can use the app at the international airports in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Florida, Miami, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Newark, New York’s John F. Kennedy, Orlando, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle-Tacoma. Three other airports, Raleigh-Durham, Tampa, and Washington Dulles, will be added soon.

That’s all for today; We’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.