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  • Smartphone cameras traditionally have been better in theory than reality.


    Start with the shutter1 lag: Nearly every phone camera I've ever used has had an annoying split-second delay between the time you hit the button and the time the shot gets snapped.


    The lag is just long enough for your kid's adorable smile to turn into a nightmarish frown.


    Then there's the DMV-like photo quality. When you reach for your phone to take a picture, you're almost always settling for a less-than-stellar image.


    Even late-model, high-end phones like Apple Inc.'s iPhone 5 and Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy2 S4 were just good enough as cameras.

    即便是像苹果(Apple Inc.) iPhone 5和三星电子(Samsung Electronics Co.) Galaxy S4这样的最新款高端手机,其成像质量也只能说是差强人意。

    But suddenly, with Apple's iPhone 5s, all that has changed. I've taken it on an international vacation, to a wedding, to a water park, trick-or-treating and to a couple of parties.

    但突然之间,随着苹果iPhone 5s的推出,情况发生了变化。我曾带着这款手机到国外度假,参加婚礼,去水上乐园游玩,万 节拍摄孩子们“不给糖就捣乱”的画面,还参加了几个派对。

    The other day I realized something amazing: While I carried a 'real' camera to most of these events, I barely used it. Instead, I used the phone to snap about a billion photos of my 3-year-old son, my 9-month-old daughter, my [age redacted] wife and about two billion pictures of myself. (Slide-show night at my house is endless.)


    Lost in the hype and hubbub3 around the 5s's gold option or fingerprint4 sensor5 is that it marks a turning point in camera phones. There was a time when it would have been crazy to suggest that a phone camera would ever approach the speed and quality of a stand-alone camera. Now, that day is over.

    在iPhone 5s的土豪金颜色选择或指纹识别功能引发的喧哗骚动之外,人们没有意识到这款手机是拍照手机的一个转折点。过去,如果有人说手机摄像头会达到照相机的速度和成像质量,人们会认为这是一种疯狂的想法。而如今,人们已不再这样想了。

    Sales of point-and-shoot cameras have been declining for years and, according to research firm IDC last week, sales of more expensive SLRs are also set to plummet6. That makes sense. Today, taking a picture with a phone simply isn't a subpar experience. For most people, most of the time, a phone is all you need.


    What the phone did to the camera isn't an isolated7 incident. The story behind the death of the stand-alone camera is a history of the future of almost everything.


    The iPhone 5s's triumph over the camera offers a lesson in how smartphones and tablets will co-opt most other devices in our lives, from PCs to videogame systems to even our wallets and our keys.

    iPhone 5s对照相机的大获成功使我们认识到:智能手机和平板电脑将如何把其他大部分设备挤出我们的生活,从个人电脑到视频游戏系统,甚至是我们的钱包和钥匙。

    Right now, all this might sound impossible. Just wait.


    First, about the 5s in particular: What I like best is its 'burst mode, ' which can take 10 shots a second, thereby8 eliminating shutter lag.

    首先,尤其是就iPhone 5s而言:我最喜欢的是其“连拍模式”,在这种模式下,使用者可以在一秒钟内拍摄10张照片,进而消除了快门时滞的问题。

    The camera's pictures are also fantastic, especially in low light. (Apple improved the phone's image sensor to make this possible). As a result, the 5s is the fastest, best phone camera I've ever used -- even better than Nokia Corp.'s 41-megapixel Lumia 1020.

    照相机的成像质量也非常棒,特别是在光线较暗的拍摄条件下。(这是因为苹果改进了iPhone 5s的图像传感器)。iPhone 5s是我所用过的最快、最好的手机摄像头,甚至比诺基亚(Nokia Corp.) 4,100万像素的Lumia 1020还要好。

    The 5s is far better than my point-and-shoot, and because it lets me edit and share my pictures, it is often superior to my expensive, interchangeable-lens SLR (whose battery I haven't had reason to charge in weeks).

    iPhone 5s比我的卡片相机好多了。而且,由于iPhone 5s还让我可以编辑和分享照片,这部手机还常常替代了我价格更高的可换镜头单反相机——数周来我都没有找到给这台单反相机充电的理由。

    I don't mean to suggest Apple has a camera monopoly here. Though the 5s is ahead now, I suspect most other high-end phones will soon catch up with Apple's device. But I can't see how dedicated9 cameras can beat smartphones now.

    我并不是说苹果公司在相机市场占据了垄断地位。虽然iPhone 5s目前处于领先位置,我猜测大多数其他高端手机很快就能赶上苹果的设备。但我却无法看到目前相机何以能赶超智能手机。

    Sure, big cameras with zoom10 lenses will always be useful for professional or semipro photographers, or for times (like at sporting events) when you are far from the action. Yet there are several reasons why smartphones often beat conventional cameras. Phones are small and nearly ubiquitous -- you're more likely to be carrying a phone than you are to be carrying a camera or anything else.


    According to tests by the review site AnandTech, the iPhone 5s's processor is 100 times as fast as that of the original iPhone, a speed gain that surpasses most other parts of the tech business.

    据评测网站AnandTech说,iPhone 5s的处理器比最初的iPhone快100倍。这一变化速度超过了大多数其他科技领域。

    Finally and most importantly, smartphones are connected to the Internet, and they run software that can be constantly improved and augmented11.


    Cameras and most other gadgets12, by contrast, are offline, and their software is often static.


    It's no wonder that the most important innovations in photography over the past few years -- things like Instagram and Vine -- happened on the phone, not on cameras.


    What other gadgets are similarly vulnerable to the march of smartphones and tablets?


    Portable videogame systems seem doomed13. Soon you will be able to connect game controllers to your iPhone that -- given the popularity of Apple's App Store with game developers -- will undercut the main reason to buy a dedicated games device.

    移动视频游戏系统似乎前景黯淡。很快你就可以让游戏控制器与你的iPhone相连,鉴于苹果公司的应用软件商店App Store颇受游戏开发商欢迎,专门购买一个游戏设备的主要理由将不复存在。

    I'm also quite optimistic that phones will one day replace our wallets.


    And, really, I don't see how laptops survive the onslaught either. Today, tablets like Microsoft's Surface are close enough to replicating14 PCs.


    At the rate that mobile processors are improving, it won't be long until our tablets become replacements15 for 90% of what we use computers for today, and will give us astonishing battery life and portability too.


    Some readers might not believe this. But nobody believed smartphones would run cameras out of town, either. The lesson, here, is to never underestimate how greedy mobile devices are: As much as they do for us now, they will always keep trying to do more.


    Today your phone is your camera, game console, TV, music player, e-book reader, alarm clock, fitness log and notepad. What's next? Everything.


     9级    英语科普 


    1 shutter [ˈʃʌtə(r)] qEpy6   第7级
    • The camera has a shutter speed of one-sixtieth of a second. 这架照像机的快门速度达六十分之一秒。
    • The shutter rattled in the wind. 百叶窗在风中发出嘎嘎声。
    2 galaxy [ˈgæləksi] OhoxB   第7级
    • The earth is one of the planets in the Galaxy. 地球是银河系中的星球之一。
    • The company has a galaxy of talent. 该公司拥有一批优秀的人才。
    3 hubbub [ˈhʌbʌb] uQizN   第9级
    • The hubbub of voices drowned out the host's voice. 嘈杂的声音淹没了主人的声音。
    • He concentrated on the work in hand, and the hubbub outside the room simply flowed over him. 他埋头于手头的工作,室外的吵闹声他简直象没有听见一般。
    4 fingerprint [ˈfɪŋgəprɪnt] 4kXxX   第8级
    • The fingerprint expert was asked to testify at the trial. 指纹专家应邀出庭作证。
    • The court heard evidence from a fingerprint expert. 法院听取了指纹专家的证词。
    5 sensor [ˈsensə(r)] sz7we   第8级
    • The temperature sensor is enclosed in a protective well. 温度传感器密封在保护套管中。
    • He plugged the sensor into a outlet. 他把传感器插进电源插座。
    6 plummet [ˈplʌmɪt] s2izN   第9级
    • Mengniu and Yili have seen their shares plummet since the incident broke. 自事件发生以来,蒙牛和伊利的股票大幅下跌。
    • Even if rice prices were to plummet, other brakes on poverty alleviation remain. 就算大米价格下跌,其它阻止减少贫困的因素仍然存在。
    7 isolated ['aisəleitid] bqmzTd   第7级
    • His bad behaviour was just an isolated incident. 他的不良行为只是个别事件。
    • Patients with the disease should be isolated. 这种病的患者应予以隔离。
    8 thereby [ˌðeəˈbaɪ] Sokwv   第8级
    • I have never been to that city, thereby I don't know much about it. 我从未去过那座城市,因此对它不怎么熟悉。
    • He became a British citizen, thereby gaining the right to vote. 他成了英国公民,因而得到了投票权。
    9 dedicated [ˈdedɪkeɪtɪd] duHzy2   第9级
    • He dedicated his life to the cause of education. 他献身于教育事业。
    • His whole energies are dedicated to improve the design. 他的全部精力都放在改进这项设计上了。
    10 zoom [zu:m] VenzWT   第7级
    • The airplane's zoom carried it above the clouds. 飞机的陡直上升使它飞到云层之上。
    • I live near an airport and the zoom of passing planes can be heard night and day. 我住在一个飞机场附近,昼夜都能听到飞机飞过的嗡嗡声。
    11 Augmented [ɔ:g'mentɪd] b45f39670f767b2c62c8d6b211cbcb1a   第7级
    adj.增音的 动词augment的过去式和过去分词形式
    • 'scientists won't be replaced," he claims, "but they will be augmented." 他宣称:“科学家不会被取代;相反,他们会被拓展。” 来自英汉非文学 - 科学史
    • The impact of the report was augmented by its timing. 由于发表的时间选得好,这篇报导的影响更大了。
    12 gadgets [gæ,dʒets] 7239f3f3f78d7b7d8bbb906e62f300b4   第8级
    n.小机械,小器具( gadget的名词复数 )
    • Certainly. The idea is not to have a house full of gadgets. 当然。设想是房屋不再充满小配件。 来自超越目标英语 第4册
    • This meant more gadgets and more experiments. 这意味着要设计出更多的装置,做更多的实验。 来自英汉非文学 - 科学史
    13 doomed [dumd] EuuzC1   第7级
    • The court doomed the accused to a long term of imprisonment. 法庭判处被告长期监禁。
    • A country ruled by an iron hand is doomed to suffer. 被铁腕人物统治的国家定会遭受不幸的。
    14 replicating [ˈreplɪˌkeɪtɪŋ] f99e0d57427bf581c14df13d1256bc97   第9级
    复制( replicate的现在分词 ); 重复; 再造; 再生
    • Applications create these partitions for storing and replicating data. 应用程序创建这些分区用来储存和复制数据。
    • The closest real things to these creatures were bits of self-replicating RNA. 最贴近这些造物的实物是能做一点微不足道的自复制的核糖核酸。
    15 replacements [rɪp'leɪsmənts] 1f6e0d51ec9f57961e86b4aa2e91ef29   第7级
    n.代替( replacement的名词复数 );替换的人[物];替代品;归还
    • They infiltrated behind the lines so as to annoy the emery replacements. 他们渗透敌后以便骚扰敌军的调度。 来自辞典例句
    • For oil replacements, cheap suddenly looks less of a problem. 对于石油的替代品来说,价格变得无足轻重了。 来自互联网

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