My Camera+ Conundrum

I've taken a few shots with my iPhone 4S's camera, and it really does take terrific pictures.

Yet I want to "replace" it with something else.

I want to reinstall Camera+ and use that app to shoot my pictures instead because it's so good. If you'll pardon the cliched expression, Camera+ is Apple's Camera app on steroids, as it has a lot more features: a burst mode, a timer, broader sharing options, and so on. It's consistently ranked in the Top 25 in the App Store with at least a 4-star rating. It's a great app because it makes an already awesome camera even better.

The problem with using the app, however, is with iOS 5. Apple added a shortcut to the Camera app this year: when you double-press the home button from the Lock screen, a camera icon appears. Tap it and it immediately takes you into the Camera app. It's a welcome addition because it saves you from having to go through too many steps to get the Camera, thus losing your photo op. That's great. The thing is, using that shortcut only directs you to the stock Camera app. Apple hasn't made this API public1, which means that I have no way of telling the system I prefer to use Camera+. So, if I want to use Camera+, I have to go through the hassle of slide to unlock, entering my passcode, and launching the app. Essentially, I'd have to revert to the "old" way of accessing the camera (read: iOS 4 and earlier), and I don't want to do that. The shortcut is just too damned handy. It's for this very reason that I'm hedging against using Camera+ because I don't want to miss any photo ops because I spent too much time fumbling around2 trying to launch my desired app. It seems like it'd be more trouble than it's worth. It's too bad, though, because I'd love to use Camera+.

Makes me wonder if I'm the only person who's thought of this. Seems highly unlikely.





1. I doubt they will -- or if they do, it won't be for a long time. Developers are already chomping at the bit to get access to Siri's APIs.

2. Not having a passcode set would shorten access time considerably, but I don't recommend using your iPhone without a passcode.