REAL-CAMERA app pulled from the App Store

The excellent camera replacement app Camera+ was pulled from the App Store recently. The app violated the iPhone SDK agreement. A hack that unlocked VolumeSnap, the hidden feature that allowed users to use the iPhone’s volume buttons as a shutter release, was the reason.

REAL-CAMERA by Yusuke sekikawa is another iPhone photo app that uses the volume buttons as a shutter release. As expected, it has now also been pulled and is no longer available in the App Store.

Apple is very specific about the uses of the hardware on the iPhone. After Camera+ was pulled, it was widely expected that other photo apps that bypass volume controls and other hardware would soon follow. Apple is being consistent in enforcing the terms of the SDK agreement and has followed through with the purge.

Possible repercussions are a permanent ban from selling in the App Store.

As of this writing, there is no mention on the developer’s website of REAL-CAMERA being pulled or when (or if) the app will be re-released.

The old App Store link of REAL-CAMERA is here.



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Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.
  • Andy

    Yesterday I was on a short photowalk with my iPhone4. As everyone else I enabled volume snap in Camera+. While taking pictures I was listening to podcasts via the iPod of the iPhone. Everytime I started Camera+ the iPod stopped playing because of the volume snap feature. After disabling volume snap everything worked as expected. Maybe Apple could be right with there argument. If a camera app uses volume snap it should give the possibility to switch off that feature. Just my two cents…

  • The_BORG

    Nope. US iTunes link doesn't work anymore.

  • John Piercy

    Glad I got in on the Volume Snap with Camera+ when I could .. love this App ..