Back in mid-July iMore learned Apple was thinking about including a new, incredibly user-friendly panorama camera feature in iOS 6 for the iPhone 5. The sourcing was soft, however, so we mentioned it only in passing in our iOS 6 comparison article back then, and our iPhone 5 event preview yesterday.
Now, for a few reasons, it's sounding more solid. First, well-sourced developer Will Strafach tweeted about it this morning (since deleted). Second, code for panorama modes has been in iOS since iOS 5, but the feature was never made public. Apple could have held-fire on it to do something better in iOS 6 specifically for the iPhone 5. (Strafach suggest it will be in the new iPod touch as well, which would make even more sense if it involved video.)
Lastly, new camera features have been demonstrated at new iPhone events for years. The iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S all had significant demo time devoted to new camera features. That included video recording, 720p, and 1080p, as well as face detection, touch-to-focus, touch to white balance, and more.
Like I said yesterday, 4K video is probably a ways off, so something like panoramas would make for a great Phil Schiller moment at the event, a great camera-centric commercial after the iPhone 5 launches, and be a fun feature for users.
Plenty of other phones include panoramas of one sort or another, so it would be great to see Apple include that as well. Especially their take on it.