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 Apple debuted filters built into the Camera app, coming with iOS 7.

As expected, Apple revealed iOS 7 today at the 24th annual World Wide Developers Conference, and there's plenty for mobile photography enthusiasts to be excited about. 

We shared our wishlist for Apple additions that could improve iPhone photography last week -- and we're happy to report that some of them even came true.

While Apple made some big announcements about its iTunes Radio streaming music service, the new OS X Mavericks, a new line of MacBook Airs and a Mac Pro that will support 4K displays, we paid closest attention to Apple's revamped mobile operating system and what it will bring to photographers on the go.

The updated camera app will let you choose from video, photo, square or pano mode.
iCloud's shared photo stream will let others also post photos, videos and comments to your stream.

 

Big changes in iOS 7

Apple CEO Tim Cook called iOS 7 "the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone."

While no release date was promised at today's event, if Apple sticks to its previous release schedules, we can expect iOS 7 this September. 

Design

As expected, iOS 7 offers a "flatter" grid system design, led by Apple design guru Jony Ive. The look is clean and bright, thanks to a new nearly-neon color scheme and icon and typography revamps. Motion-tracking means your screen will change as you move, and more transparency will let you see more of your screen at once.

Camera app improvements

Following in the footsteps of Instagram and its ilk, Apple is bringing built-in photo filters to its Camera app. Filter options look familiar: you'll choose from black and white, heavy color saturations and similiar effects. You'll also be able to choose to shoot in square format within the camera app.

Photos app

If, like us, you find yourself overwhelmed by your catalog of images in your Photos app, iOS 7 is bringing better organization. Photos are organized into "Moments" and "Collections," automatically sorted by location and date, with the ability to view at the Year level.

With iOS 7, your images will be automatically organized by year, collections and moments.

More iOS 7 features

Apple showed off a new Control Center which adds easy access to frequently-used features and settings such as music, brightness and the Camera app. A new Multitasking feature promises to improve battery life — a boon to iPhone 5 users frustrated by the new phone's tendency toward quick battery drain. Safari has been refreshed with scrollable stacked tabs. We'll also look forward to improved interaction between Apple's mobile and desktop platforms, with iOS push notifications available on your desktop.

Some additional highlights: 

Music app

The most notable change to the Music app is the built-in iTunes Radio. Spotify users will find familiar features, with a focus on Stations, and integration accross your devices, including Apple TV.

Siri and iOS in the car

Siri got some attention with new voices and the abilty to handle more specific requests, such as "play last voicemail." Twitter, Wikipedia and Bing integration should also improve performance. Siri will also play a bit part in Apple's new iOS in the car feature that promise more eyes-free controls.

AirDrop

AirDrop will make it easier to share images and more with those around you, and works with any app that supports a share sheet. 

iCloud

Changes to iCloud include shared photo streams that allow others to add their images to the stream. You'll also be able to share video.

App Store

More specific searches will tailor your App Store shopping experience based on age-appropriate apps or those based on your location. Users will also see automatic app updates from the App Store.

If you missed it live, you can watch today's announcments on Apple's website

Comments

Total comments: 67
Anepo

Hey apple fanboys,, come to android, you actually get to change the camera settings and the image quality has surpassed the iphone years ago.

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IcyPepsi

Wow, more options after taking the picture. It's ok if the picture is crappy and there are no options to reduce the crappy-ness. But it's important to give it that retro look!
And that too more options that Android and even non-smart phones had for years. Apple, you are so predictable. When there is no other phone in the world without a feature, then finally include it in iOS. Eg. video, deletion from call list, multitasking and many more :)

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Menneisyys

"When there is no other phone in the world without a feature, then finally include it in iOS. Eg. video, deletion from call list, multitasking and many more :)"

I wish they indeed added. Too bad they haven't. The multitasking or the camera layering / plug-in model of iOS is still, as of iOS7 Beta1, far inferior to that of Android / Windows Phone 8 / Windows RT.

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Zalllon

I like the idea of the android platform better, however the reality is most of us don't have time to spend learning how to tweak. From a marketing perspective Apple has it right, the proof is in the numbers. At work we are all given blackberry phones, but there is a large enough group that have iPhones that they are considering iPhone usage. 4 out 5 people I work with have an iPhone, and my whole team we all have iPhone 5's except for one Samsung Note 2. I have friends with the new Samsung S4, and they both carry extra batteries with them. The girl who has it is looking to switch to an iPhone after yesterday's iOS review.

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IcyPepsi

And the point of this post is? Oh yeah, that proof is in the numbers. Like most people are not tech/quality savvy. It's enough if you give them a shutter button alone.

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Anepo

Fyi: "tweaking" is not as complicated as it sounds, also the apple is just 10% of the overall global market. And if you cant do a simple exposure compensation, then how did you manage to learn to turn your phone on?

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Anepo

And guess what? Hen the iphone battery dies from age or damage, you need to get a new phone and that girl is a dumbass who willbe disappointed with the iphone.

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Preternatural Stuff

The proof with the numbers?

70% of the smartphone users in the world are using Android. 20% using iPhone.

Most of the people around me are using Android, as befits the stats from IDC/Gartner et al.

You pulled your stats from where? Some figment of your imagination? Some cuckoo world you dreamed up?

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ryanshoots

They should just automate it all. Throw an intervalometer in the thing and snap a photo every five seconds no matter where the phone is.

In your pocket, on the dash of the car, sitting on the nightstand, at the ball park, bowling alley. Whatever and whereever just take the photo.

Then through the magic of Siri it determines which ones are good and upload them to your social networks and then fave the photos on said networks it knows you would like.

No more thinking "does this suck or is it good?" Siri knows.

That is really the last mile. Why should humans even have to be involved with the labor part of photography at all? Let the machines do it.

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CameraLabTester

Means nothing to me, unless it's out on the market.

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uniball

Dear Apple,

If you want to improve the mobile photography experience, you might start with a far more open system. You might want to follow with the ability to CONSISTENTLY sort photos in some sort of logical order, with the user's ability to change sorting. Perhaps provide a raw module developers could use to provide reliable raw exports. Now, we can buy 1/2 dozen storage devices and are lucky if any of them can export raw images. Yes, I know, mobile photographers need to understand a desktop or laptop is required as things stand now, and have stood since the advent of iOS.

I'm trying to be a good Apple user. For 3 years I've been using an iPad for travel photography. It's not fun anymore. Perhaps its time you folks understood mobile photography rather than the 101th rendition of a Facebook experience.

P.S. My 4 year old loves the new graphics.

1 upvote
Tarpon6

Hopefully Google will be now be able to sue Apple for patent infringement.

4 upvotes
zaurus

Google won't because they are not evil.
Microsoft will.

2 upvotes
dmanthree

Great. They take away all the nice features of the existing Mac Pro, like the very serviceable and expandable case, and give us an air cleaner. Now you have a single cylinder that's connected to a ton of external crap via the usual mass of spaghetti. Wow, is this stupid. Hopefully they'll "fire sale" the existing model and make it affordable.

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Nikonworks

Apple was and is always over priced.

Android works for me at a much better price.

4 upvotes
Wye Photography

Ferrari was and is always over priced.

Ford works for me at a much better price.

10 upvotes
Kglass77

Iphone and top android phones are all equally priced???

3 upvotes
zaurus

Ferrari brings Italian design.
Apple copies Android design.

2 upvotes
IcyPepsi

A smart idiot at an ATnT store once asked the salesman "Oh.. so this android phone costs more than iPhone (4)?"

Btw:
Ferrari brings in the latest and the greatest
Apple copies and releases 2 year old technologies.. after making it's users beg for it.

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Preternatural Stuff

Ferrari is priced according to the cost of its genuinely expensive high end components and raw materials that is sold to really knowledgeable buyers.

Ford doesn't try to cheat by pricing its cheap low end components to con silly consumers who don't know better.

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Wye Photography

I really enjoy using the iPhone camera, the results are impressive and it makes a pleasant change from using my Hasselblad and Pro digital cameras. The quick preview of the whole OS looks really impressive. And that mac Pro, I mean, what a stunning design.

I just wish the camera update went further. RAW output, manual WB, exposure compensation just to name a few. Perhaps they can do a "pro" version for those wanting to do more instead of a camera app for the millions of instagrammers.

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dmanthree

Never happen. iPhone cameras are meant to appeal, mostly, to the Instamatic crowd. Snapshooters never needed or wanted sophistication back then, they don't want it now.

0 upvotes
calking

Dman has it right.

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Zalllon

I agree. I consider the comparison to my old Olympus 8080 (which was an awesome camera when it came out), and the iPhone 5 images are that much better (zoom not considered).

Besides, some of the best images are due to you just having a camera on you, and the iPhone 5 is exceptionally portable compared to other cameras and smartphones.

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IcyPepsi

Asking Canon for a feature in it's future camera is one thing. Asking Apple a camera feature in the iPhone is another. Not saying you cannot. But wondering if it's going to be heard.

Btw, if they really did gave you RAW.. are you ok with the sharpness of the lens, lack of exposure controls?

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harold1968

Just how is any software tweaking on a rubbish camera interesting for photographers ?

dpreview is really trying too hard to be trendy ! (just as the iphone is going out of fashion as well)

5 upvotes
xiod_crlx

you understand nothing - iOS 7 will have IMPROVED user interface - your camera shots must get better immediately!!! =)

you do not need to have a better hardware or optics...

1 upvote
Jim in Hudson

They weren't previewing the next iPhone. Remains to be seen whether it will have a better camera or not.

1 upvote
KAllen

The iPhone camera is decent for what it is. If you care about what you are shooting then I would tend to use a camera and not pimped out phone.
It's not supposed to be for photographers although some will make good use of it.
It's a visual notebook, not everyones first choice for creating art or recoding babies first steps. But it can and will. And all those precious pictures over the time of upgrades and system changes will be lost.

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amanev

Hmm, I wait for iPhone 7S to be released..

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T3

I'm an Android user, but I'm looking forward to getting an iPhone as soon as Apple comes out with a LARGER iPhone screen. I just like the overall Apple user experience. (I moved from Windows to an iMac just over a year ago, and have loved the move.) I like the move away from skeuomorphic design in iOS 7. Now they just need to bring out a larger iPhone and I'll gladly switch over.

Not sure about that Mac Pro though. I quite liked the previous Mac Pro industrial design. Seemed more functional.

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profus

I certainly hope they will NOT bring the larger screen. I really do not understand the need for it - HTC One is brilliant phone, but waaaaay to large imho. Almost as big as iPad mini!

3 upvotes
Peiasdf

@T3
Citibank analyst believes there will be a 4.8" iPhone 6 come January 2014. The name "iPhone 6" is just a placeholder as it will not replace the 4" / 4.2" iPhone 5S but sit alongside it like iPad and iPad mini.

As for 5S in August / September, most guess is 4" (my guess as well) but a few people suggested 4.2". It is theoretically possible to fit 4.2” without changing the form factor but I don't think Apple will do 4.2"

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raimaster

oops ... the camera application is very similar to BlackBerry Z10 even BB has more extra features. oh come on apple ... http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/9716672632/photos/2588002/img_00000974

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Poss

The new MacPro is fine and dandy but any hardware is sold by the brilliant software that works beautifully smooth and fast only on that platform. I can get good hardware anywhere. And unfortunately I can get great pro software everywhere else but Apple.
LR has leapfrogged Aperture. Twice.
Apple doesn't seem to care anymore about the pros that keep them alive in the dark hours of the mid '90s. They're too busy focusing on the teenage crowd now...

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danijel973

Yes, and the teenage crowd is fickle. Yesterday they were with Apple, today with Samsung, tomorrow, who knows.

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photo_rb

I would like to see more put into Aperture too but LR runs on the Mac as well as a lot of other third party software.

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mommafour

OMG- I couldn't have said it better myself. I 20 year design veteran that used to be treated like Gold, now I am just considered one of the many new converts. But despite the less-than treatment if I had to use a PC I would change careers.

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Coolhandchuck

Forget just mobile photographers, what about all photographers? There was nothing mentioned about a new Aperture. Since Jobs passed away, there seems to be an almost complete focus on iOS devices and applications, and at the same time an almost complete abandonment of the higher end software that made Apple.

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micahmedia

Wait, you obviously haven't seen the new Mac Pro specs. Not that they contradict what your saying...just that they strongly affirm your assertion.

Add to this Adobe shooting themselves in the foot and being at war with Apple, and the outlook for some of our favorite software looks grim.

2 upvotes
gurmusic

All the things that can be done by software upgrade are done without destroying the simplicity, well done again...

3 upvotes
IcyPepsi

"Simplicity" is the marketing term for the technical term "lack of functionality"

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eyeport

All the changes and improvements seem really cool and got me excited. Will return to Apple when I get my next iphone. Mac Pro looks very awesome.

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jcmarfilph

Meh... I'd rather see a hardware upgrade on the phone itself.

- Larger sensor and brighter lens to make the IQ above average and not mediocre
- Stabilization means better handling and design. If it is still a rectangular brick then forget about it.
- Optical zoom
- Plain and simple apps, no lousy filters whatsoever.

Oh wait, I'd rather buy a real P&S camera. Wait a minute or less to upload it to my laptop and PP and upload it to web. =D

3 upvotes
Peiasdf

I got a feeling you did not realize this is a software developer conference and not a hardware announcement press conference.

You will get the best camera phone outside of Nokia EOS and Sony honami come September.

6 upvotes
hellocrowley

This is a big update that brings all the desirable Android and WP8 design/features into iOS. Good job Apple.

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Menneisyys

"All"???

Have you actually used a higher-end, 4.2.2 Android tablet or phone (e.g., the nexus 10 or the GS4) or a WinRT tablet?

- where' s windowed multitasking? Both Android and RT support it.

- where are the camera plug-ins you, as a developer, can develop? It's there even in WP8 (in phones).

etc.

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hellocrowley

Relax, I was being sarcastic.

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Peiasdf

So yeah, iPhone now has all the desirable features from Android and Windows and none of the drawbacks. Good job Apple.

Where do you Android fanboys come from? You are not going to buy Apple so why even bother reading about it? Insecure about the choice you made or the lot in life?

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micahmedia

Yeah, none of the drawbacks of processing power, expandable memory, or flash support. Oh, add to that a killer map app.

4 upvotes
Kglass77

can't forget that LAG LAG LAG!!! yes GS4..already returned it....

1 upvote
JadedGamer

It's not Apple's fault Android needs quad-core to have a responsive UI that iOS gets with dual core. And there are plenty of Android devices without expandable memory, and Flash support is discontinued on mobile because even Adobe realizes it's a resource-guzzling hog.

Is Android so boring you rather spend your time trolling iOS discussions? Ran out of decent apps to try?

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IcyPepsi

no widgets, no quad core needed to update them. There's your correlation @JadedGamer

What lag are you talking about? Ever heard of the Google Butter project for Android 4.1? Lag is the thing of the past.

I'm sorry all the extra features/options in Android are making you dizzy.

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Menneisyys

Very poor update. The Camera app receives some, I assume, Apple-made plug-in DSP's (sepia etc., I think) but nothing like the capabilities of the great JB tool "CameraTweak".

Unfortunately, the rest of the upgrade is equally pathetic if you compare it to the latest versions of Android and even WP8 / RT.

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Stu 5

Did you actually watch the Keynote speech? The updates are huge and run circles around Android. WP8 is still missing loads of features as well.

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Menneisyys

"The updates are huge and run circles around Android. "

You certainly haven't meant that. Just some questions:

- where's Quasar-like multi-window multitasking?
- where's the absolutely excellent multitasking present in Android?
- what about the sensors? Why no sign of, say, temperature etc. sensors, unlike in, say, the GS4, along with their stock Android API support?

etc.

" WP8 is still missing loads of features as well."

It does. In some other respects, though, it's MUCH better and more powerful than iOS. For example, it allows one to write a camera plug-in. This makes it possible to write camera enhancements orders of magnitude more easily on WP8 than on iOS. (I know because I've written several UbiPic recorder clients for WP, iOS and Android.)

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Stu 5

and where Menneisyys are all the features still missing from Android? Where are all the photo apps? Where is the OS that does not have to run anti virus because there are so viruses out there because the software is so poorly written and is then further messed up by Samsung. Where is the decent screen that the S4 still lacks because it uses a cheap end panel and not an ips panel? Where are all the decent apps for Android and Windows that few want to make as there is so little profit in making apps for the OS? Where is the Android software that is not a piece of bloatware that so many are complaining about in the UK to consumer groups? Already Samsung has lost $12bn market value due to slowing S4 sales in the last few days.

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micahmedia

"Did you actually watch the Keynote speech?"

Translation "OMG, this is huge! Didn't you swallow the marketing hype whole?!"

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T3

"Unfortunately, the rest of the upgrade is equally pathetic if you compare it to the latest versions of Android and even WP8 / RT."

Unfortunately, Android still isn't quite as user-friendly and intuitive to use as what Apple produces. And Windows Phone 8/RT is really only for Windows diehards. The majority of the consumer world is largely ignoring WP 8/RT. Sadly, the primary benefit of WP 8/RT is as a place for Android and iOS to pilfer ideas from.

2 upvotes
Serenity Now

Good grief!? Where DO you wretched people come from? You don't like Apple? No one cares! Go buy whatever you want and annoy people on those forums.

1 upvote
mommafour

Nor will it ever be - The android platform is exactly that - ANDROIDIAN! It is clunky, difficult and NOT user-friendly. Android, even after all of these years, still hasn't adopted the easy to use and intuitive nature of Apple products.

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JurijTurnsek

Check out F-Stop Media Gallery for Android:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fstop.photo

You can sort your images by tags (plus the standard features of other galleries), which is a truly powerful way of sorting a large volume of images (as any real photog will tell you).

5 upvotes
mandophoto

Care to name the versions of Android it will not run on?

2 upvotes
LensBeginner

Everything above 2.2 (Froyo), it's on the Google Play Store product page.

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micahmedia

In short: absolutely nothing.

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Peiasdf

Well, in short, you are just a bag of water.

In long, there is an entire list of improvement (above) and more will come will iPhone 5S.

I hope you, like iOS7, is more than just the sum of your parts.

5 upvotes
micksh6

"In long" - Photo filters, black and white, square format. Sounds like Instagram and they had to employ Jonathan Ive for more than half a year to make that possible.

Long or short, there is absolutely nothing valuable here.

6 upvotes
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