News: Camera+ is returning to the App Store

Glyn Evans over at The iPhoneography Blog reports this morning that the authentic Camera+ by tap tap tap is returning to the App Store soon, states a new post on the tap tap tap blog.

Buried in a post about the update of their app Voices 2 was this gem:

On a side note, for those of you who’ve been clamoring to hear some news on the ultimate photo app, Camera+, we’ve got some great stuff for you… our newest version is now finished and in review in the App Store, so it should be available anytime now.

You can read the entire blog post here.

The app was pulled from the App Store in August 2010 because of the hidden VolumeSnap feature which could be toggled on so the volume buttons on the iPhone could be used as a shutter release.

This announcement caught me by surprise as well. Although I’ve kept in contact with tap tap tap, they have been have been very tight-lipped about the status of the app. I wasn’t expecting to see Camera+ return until Summer 2011 — about a year off the App Store, as is Apple’s “punishment” for such offenses. I’m glad to see it return much sooner. Here’s hoping there are no Easter eggs or hidden feature which delay approval and the return of the app.

If you missed out on Camera+ before it was pulled, you’ll soon have your chance to purchase the app. We’ll keep you posted on its return and have a review of the promised new features as soon as we know more.


UPDATE: According to alexp2, a user on Reddit and the developer of CameraSync, “It will be coming back with the same app ID etc, so it will update as if it had never left. When Apple pulls apps, they retain all their data — even if the apps stay pulled for a long time.”

Basically, what this means is that Camera+ should appear as any other update for previous owners when and if it hits the App Store. It’ll be interesting to see how this actually pans out.  =M=


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  • Visualfission

    Happy times 🙂 hope all those that never got a chance to use this app, pick it up. I still use Camera+ daily and can't recommend it enough 🙂

  • Sparky McSparkles

    Perhaps you meant you weren't expecting a return of Camera+ until Summer 2011?

  • MartyNearDFW

    Hi, Sparky,

    You're right. Fixed. Thank you for catching that.

    I've got to quit writing these before my first cup of coffee.


  • I'll look at the new version if it's free update to previous version but I won't be giving TapTapTap any more of my money. It was highly unprofessional of them to try sneaking in a feature that had already been specifically rejected by Apple. Then, they go 4 months saying NOTHING to their customers about the issue. They've got no credibility with me at all.

    Camera+ has been replaced by ProCamera on my phone.

  • MartyNearDFW

    In their defense, Greg, they *couldn't* talk about it. Both Glyn and I tried.


  • Steve

    I don't know where to put my heart on this. I love the volume-to-snap feature of Camera+, and obviously they must have removed it if they're coming back to the Store. So… yes, I'm happy about an update to this great app, but I'm also sad about leaving such a great feature.

  • I don't buy that. They should have made some kind of statement, even if it was just to say "We're working on it." Lisa Bettany was apologetic in the beginning but she started ignoring Camera+ questions after a while too. I never saw TapTapTap respond to anyone. But the bigger issue was trying to sneak in a feature that had already been rejected. That was irresponsible, and failing to comment publicly only compounded the problem.

  • Wait…it's a real app and not just a myth iphonographers like to tell around the campfire?

  • MartyNearDFW

    True. taptaptap's reputation for cooperating with blogs and media only on their terms probably hasn't won them any good will in the community that may have helped them here (see some of their earlier blog posts). And I can't speak for taptaptap any further than I have, as that pretty much sums up the extent of my communications with John Casasanta.

    That said, with the recent improvements to ProCamera, this update is going to have to be really really solid and have some huge performance improvements — reload time and anti-shake in particular. ProCamera really leapfrogged past *everyone* performance-wise with the last update.

    Also, hopefully they'll be more accessible to blogs like mine and Glyn's to win back hearts and minds.

    On the other hand, pulling Camera+ — the number 1 photo app at the time — caused buzz. People who didn't have the app wanted it. Now it's coming back, causing buzz. It's return to the app store will create a lot of talk and attention to the app again.

    With some other things coming up, it's going to be a very interesting week in iPhoneography. Buckle up and enjoy the ride….


  • Thanks for posting this update – it was really a bummer when my phone/iTunes lost all of my apps and I had to reload from the store – and Camera+ was gone. Looking forward to the return.

  • Rob

    All I can say is, they'd better not charge those of us who already bought Camera+ for the 'new' version. I understand how people who like the editing capabilities of Camera+ can love this app, but as far as the camera part of the app is concerned, Camera+ doesn't compare to ProCamera.

    Photography apps have come a long way since Camera+ was pulled from the app store. I'll be curious to see how much the new version will have improved.

  • Sharron Clemons

    Wait…it's a real app and not just a myth iphonographers like to tell around the campfire?

  • TF

    It's in App Update already….it's baaaack…

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