iOS 7 is a new version of the software that powers millions of iPhones and this fall it will bring a new camera app to the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4.
The iOS 7 camera app matches the new overhaul of the iOS 7 design, and it offers faster access to common features and some new camera features that should make taking photos easier and a bit more fun.
Watch: iOS 7 Features Video Tour
Apple adds live filters to the iPhone camera, making it possible to add that Instagram style filter to a photo as you take it, and to see what the filter looks like on the subject before snapping a picture. Apple also adds a square photo option to the mix so users can take a photo that’s ready to share in an Instagram style right from the lock screen.
iOS 7 Camera App Video Hands On
The video below covers the new look of the iOS 7 camera app and the new features users will run into as they try the iOS 7 beta or when the iOS 7 release date rolls around this fall to bring a new iPhone camera experience to users.
The good news is that Apple added a few features to the iPhone camera app. The bad news is that the features are mainly for the iPhone 5. The iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 do not support the live previews of filters. Users on these phones should be able to add the filters in with the Photos app after taking the photo.
All iPhone users who get iOS 7 will get to use the new design which makes it easier to access features and switch between camera modes. A swipe left or right will switch between video, photo, square and panorama modes. The HDR mode toggle is also no available with a tap next to the shutter button.
There’s a chance the rumored iPhone 5S will feature a new camera feature we haven’t seen yet. One rumor claimed iOS 7 would let users take a photo with the front-facing and rear-facing cameras at the same time, like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Dual Shot. This is not in the iOS 7 beta, but if Apple is planning to add the feature it wouldn’t be a shock to see it arrive on the iPhone 5S exclusively.
Apple offers the iOS 7 beta to developers, but third-party websites let users pay $8 to install the beta on their device to try the new iOS 7 features before the fall iOS 7 release date arrives. This is a beta, which means things may not always work, so it’s not recommended for all users.