New Camera+ iPhone app to feature physical shutter option?

Camera+ app update awaiting Apple approval

The VolumeSnap feature as it will appear in the Camera+ iPhone app

The VolumeSnap feature as it will appear in the Camera+ iPhone app

We're probably as sick of writing about the iPhone as you are of reading about it. But news about the folks at Tap Tap Tap — the developer behind the Camera+ iPhone app — submitting a cool update to Apple was too good not to share!

According to Tap Tap Tap, the Camera+ 1.2.1 update includes just one new feature: a nifty tool called VolumeSnap. This will allow you to use your iPhone's physical volume controls to take photos using the Camera+ app. In addition, you can plug your iPhone earphones in and use the volume buttons on them as a remote shutter control.

This functionality would certainly improve the photography experience on the iPhone. It would allow iPhone users to hold the phone naturally with two hands, instead of stretching a finger to tap the on-screen shutter button.

For those who don't know, the Camera+ app is one of the best photography apps available for the iPhone. At just $2.49, it leaves Apple's default camera app in the dust by adding image stabilisation, a grid to frame your snaps more effectively, and a range of effects, scenes, borders and crops. It also features a virtual "lightbox" where your photos are stored before editing. The app also has an excellent UI that looks very much like the rear of an SLR camera, complete with virtual viewfinder.

There is only one issue with the new update — it has yet to be approved by Apple. According to Tap Tap Tap, the very same feature was rejected in version 1.0 of the app.

John Casasanta, head of Tap Tap Tap, outlined in a blog post that the company was "completely open about this with Apple this time," in a bid to have the widely requested feature approved.

"I'd like to point out that we were completely open about this with Apple this time and we pointed the past rejection out in the review notes. I'd also like to point out that the way we implemented VolumeSnap doesn't rely on any private methods or functions, but does rely on something that's not documented," he wrote. "If VolumeSnap is something you really want in Camera+, then I advise you to hit-up Apple and keep the pressure on. It'd probably be a good idea to reference this blog post in your message. If it's something you really want in the app, spread the word and encourage others to do so, too."

So, do you want the VolumeSnap feature? Do you think it would enhance the functionality of the iPhone's camera? Leave a comment below.

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