In terms of active users, virtual reality is predicted to be as big as Netflix by 2022. That makes it all the more surprising that Apple — typically a trailblazer when it comes to digital imaging — has yet to add 360-video capabilities to its iPhones. For all of the features it's packed into the iPhone XR and XS, it couldn't squeeze in a spherical mode? Tsk tsk.
Fortunately, the Mashable Shop is here to pick up where Tim Cook left off. To quote Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter: Partner, let us upgrade you.
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For just the next few days, we're having a sale on two awesome Insta360 gadgets that turn iOS devices into 360-degree 4K cameras. The first is the Insta360 ONE, a pocket-sized "action camera" that's compatible with both iPhones and iPads.
Simply plug the ONE into your device's Lightning port to turn it into a tool with which you can shoot, share, and live-stream stunning 360-degree footage in 4K. It's equipped with options to film hyperlapses and slow-motion "bullet time" shots, and boasts “FlowState” and SmartTrack technologies for ridiculously smooth, stable footage.
You can even use it to capture mid-air orbiting footage: just hook it up to the included string and let 'er fly. Each ONE is easily controlled with Bluetooth, your iPhone, or as a handheld device, and comes with a companion app on which you can make professional-quality edits.
Each ONE is easily controlled with Bluetooth, your iPhone, or as a handheld device, and comes with a companion app on which you can make professional-quality edits. You'll find it on sale for just $249, a savings of 16% off its original price of $299.
Insta360's second offering comes in the form of the Nano S camera for iPhones. With just a single point and shoot on your part, its FreeCapture tool takes smooth footage of your surroundings, which you can later piece together to create the ultimate shots. Said shots can then be easily shared on social media or via text, again with just the touch of a single button.
The Nano S is arguably the simplest way to capture and share a real-time view of your world, and it's currently on sale for just $199 — 16% off its original price of $239.