iOS 7, Apples new operating system, is due to be released this autumn and brings with it brand new features which are said to make users photo experience much easier from start to finish.
Apple has announced the launch of a new operating system – named iOS 7 – which is due to launch later this year.
The new iOS 7 system sees a host of major updates including a fairly major overhaul of the camera functionality. It now has four
functions; still, video, panoramic (introduced on iOS 6) and the brand new
square capture mode, making it easier to frame images intended for sharing on
social media, in particular Instagram.
The camera interface is designed so it’s
easy to switch between the four capture modes, all readily available above the
There are also brand new filters to use on your
pictures before uploading them to your social media site that have very similar
effects to those on Instagram.
There are two added benefits of using the filters on
iOS 7 instead of Instagram. Firstly, the user is able to preview their image in
all 8 filters in one go, making the process of choosing what filter to use much
simpler. Secondly, if you change your mind after applying the filter, it can
still be changed or taken off all together.
‘Camera Roll’ overhaul
The new Photos app replaces the traditional ‘Camera
Roll’, a change that some would argue has been long overdue. The new Photos app automatically
organises pictures by attributing the time and place to each photograph. This
organisation is a huge step forward from the old ‘Camera Roll’ view and no
doubt will make the lives of people who take a lot of images easier. However,
if you’re a user who likes the ‘Camera Roll’ view of images, this option will
still be available.
The organisation is broken down into, on a macro level,
the year they were taken. The user is then able to go into that year and view
their images by ‘Collections’. So, for example, images that were taken during a
holiday. This is then broken down even further in to ‘Moments’, such as
a trip to the beach on that particular holiday.
Sharing images has also been made a lot easier,
firstly with the brand new function ‘AirDrop‘. Any app that supports sharing
will include ‘AirDrop‘; a function that recognises friends around you and
automatically shows them on your sharing page. All it takes is a tap on screen
and the image/images will be instantly shared with them.
The second way in which images have been made easier
to share are the sharing streams on iCloud. These are streams that are accessible
to anyone you want to share them with and are not new but the iOS 7 will be
able to easily access them and share the photos you’ve taken in camera. This is
done by putting iCloud on the sharing page with AirDrop, and of course,
Facebook, Twitter and email.
Overall it seems that Apple have strived to make the
whole photography interface and experience more organised and user friendly,
from capture to sharing. Check back here in the autumn when iOS 7 is released
for our full review on all the photo functions in the new system.