VolumeSnap to Go Away – Again?

This has the potential to get ugly and hack a lot of people off — users and developers.

Since the release of iOS 5 and the addition of the Volume Button Shutter in Apple’s Camera, many third party developers have followed suit and implemented the feature in their own apps. Jeff McMorris from CodeGoo, creators of Camera Genius Camera Genius - CodeGoo tells Life In LoFi that Apple has approved these apps “by mistake.”

Several third party camera replacement apps now have what has become known as “VolumeSnap”, including Camera Genius, Pro Camera and as of yesterday Camera+.

Jeff McMorris says:

“Apple required us to remove it as they said they approved us by mistake and said third party developers are not allowed to use this feature even though Apple’s own camera application now has it. Unfortunately, I doubt we will be able to add this feature back again unless Apple allows it.

“It’s strange that they approved Camera+ today with the same feature. So it will be interesting to see if they are allowed to keep it.”

Once again, VolumeSnap looks to be in jeopardy. If you like the feature in your third-party photo apps, you might have to stick with the current versions of Camera+ (version 2.4 VS), Pro Camera (version 3.3), or downgrade to the previous version of Camera Genius (version 4.0.0).

I think it’s a great feature to have, especially when it doesn’t also jack with the iPhone’s volume. iOS 5 is that good and users won’t be flocking away from it in droves just because they can get VolumeSnap elsewhere. I hope Apple reverses this decision soon.



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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.
  • That is weird!

  • Emilio Canosa Maldonado

    En Cámera+ si funciona (Por ahora)

  • Tomba

    I think Camera Genius made the mistake because they did not implement in accordance with the requirements.

    On the ProCamera Blog you can find more information how they did a workaround in compliance to Apple. http://blog.procamera-app.com/?p=121#more-121

    But its a shame that Apple did not open an official API to all camera functions yet.

  • Both 6×6 and 6×7 have this feature. Honestly, I never use the volume button as a shutter, but it's nice for those that like it. Apple jerking consumers and developers around like this isn't good for anyone, least of all Apple.

  • lynn

    I noticed today that my updates include downgrading my Genius Camera app to remove the volume snap… I did not update. I am really disagppointed in Apple for doing this. This is an app I paid for, and I like the upgrade that was added.. I see no reason for Apple to bar developers from improving their products. I don't know if this is due to copyright violation or not, however, from what I read, other apps have this same functionality. The apple camera app lacked the options the Genius app provided. This is another example of Apple's tight control over what it allows it's users to do. Flash is another, and the wi fi finders is yet another… Aps that I previously purchased which are no longer functional. I love my device and have both an iPhone and an iPad, however, icloud or not, they will never replace the need for a laptop or computer, as long as they continue limiting access to certain products that compete with them. icloud has a 5gb limit (free), my pc does not… Just more and more Apple restrictions, and a lot less customer satisfaction. And… where can I complain to Apple about this? There doesn't seem to be a complaints department. .

  • Barry

    Stop Press:

    Apple to require all third party camera apps to refrain from using the lens on the iPhone and iPod Touch. This hardware feature is reserved for Apple's own camera application only.

  • Tomba

    Just in case you missed it. ShakeItPhoto has Volume Snap too. Without releasing an update 😉

  • Zeb

    Maybe using the standard camera code volume snap is enalìed so apps using their own camera module couldn't gain volumesnap.