Of the many topics discussed at the WWDC, one of the things that got people excited is the iOS 8 Camera App. Besides the software tweaks the App received which gave users more manual control, Apple also opened up the Photokit and the Camera Roll itself to third party developers giving them more access than with previous versions.
On the user end, tweaks made to the iOS 8 Camera App takes better advantage of the existing camera hardware boosting their capabilities. The changes included here are the manual controls to the camera itself, like controlling the focus and exposure separately. Another addition is the timer feature where there are choices between a 3-second and 10-second delays. You might think that there are not enough delay options but hey, we’re talking about an iPhone and an iPad here, not a digital camera.
Another notable feature added is the panorama mode for the iPad. People have been waiting for that since iOS 7. The most unique addition however to the iOS 8 Camera App is the Time-Lapse mode. It allows the device to take pictures at predetermined intervals and then stitch them together into a video. This means that those who can stand not fidgeting with their iPhone or iPad for hours on end can make time-lapse videos of flowers opening or the sun setting Discovery Channel–style. These pictures are stored in a separate folder apart from regular stills and regular videos.
Speaking of storage, changes have also been made to the storage for photos and videos. Now, photos uploaded to the iCloud will be automatically available to all devices registered under one user. Improved search and sorting are also going to be implemented making it easier to find photos on the iCloud, even very old ones. Announcements have been made regarding iCloud Photo, the use of the first 5 Giga Bytes of storage is free, and you can expand that to 20GB for $0.99 a month. For those who take a lot of pictures or just like to hold on to them for a very long time, storage can be expanded to 200GB for $3.99 a month.
On the Developer side, developers are also getting excited about the amount of access (previously denied to them) Apple gave them. In the iOS 8 Camera App third party developers now get direct access to the camera’s controls, like aperture, shutter-speed, ISO and more hardware functions. Third party developers of photo editing Apps also get in on the action on the iOS 8 Camera App. A third party App can now be used directly on the Photo Library making it easier since you don’t need to open the App itself to use.
I can’t wait to see what crazily exciting new stuff App Developers are going to come up with after they are given more free access to the iOS 8 Camera App. What I’ll find I’m going to share with you as soon as I can.
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