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iOS 8 changes we'd like to see: Photos and Camera

Serenity Caldwell | May 22, 2014
Apple has focused heavily on iOS camera features since the iPhone 3GS brought tap-to-focus and video modes to the masses. But in some respects, iOS 7 still leaves us wanting when it comes to the Camera and Photos apps, as well as Photo Stream.

An easier way to share slo-mo videos

The slow-motion-video feature on the iPhone 5s is fantastic — even though slow-mo videos are space hogs, I love taking them. But sharing them is a huge pain: Your slo-motion settings are exported only when sharing via certain apps, and you can't save a copy of your video with those settings to send over to programs such as Instagram. I get that Apple wants to preserve the editing capabilities for slowing, but it seems like it would be simple enough to offer an Export option in the Share sheet that applied the slowing effects to video for use in third-party apps.

I also wouldn't mind the option to add multiple slow-motion sections to a single video, as you can in iMovie. While the fast motion-slow motion-fast motion effect is a neat gimmick, Apple could make it even better by adding slightly more functionality.

Let third-party camera apps take the stage

We can file this hope under the "rather unlikely" category, but I'll mention it all the same: As with email clients, Web browsers, and other app categories where third-party developers offer standout alternatives to iOS's built-in apps, we'd like to be able to set a default camera app that, for example, maps to the Camera shortcut on the lock screen and in Control Center. The company hasn't been known to cede control from iOS's default apps, but there's only so long that Apple can rely on Open In and specific Siri partnerships. Here's hoping we'll eventually see a willingness to let users set their own custom third-party shortcuts.

Then again, we might also see pigs fly.


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