updated 01:55 am EST, Wed December 22, 2010
"Easter Egg" scrubbed, but other features added
In the midst of promoting their latest app Voices 2 a few days ago, the iOS development company Tap Tap Tap made a brief mention on their blog that the pulled app Camera+ photo-enhancing app was soon to return to the App Store -- the first mention of it since it was removed -- and shortly afterward it was restored to the store as Camera+ v2. The app was originally pulled due to a violation of Apple's policy on undocumented features.
In the original version of the app, users could visit a specially-crafted URL to turn back on a rejected feature, called "Volume Snap," than enabled the app to use the volume-control (hardware) buttons to take a picture from within Camera+. Apple had rejected the feature due to it using an undocumented API, but approved the app with the feature locked. When the company tweeted the secret to re-enabling the feature, Apple pulled the app, citing a ban on hidden features.
The new v2 version lacks the Volume Snap feature, but instead the company took the opportunity to revise the app thoroughly, improving the quality of effects and borders, simplifying the user interface, adding many new scene modes, fixing major bugs (including one that prevented multiple uploads to Facebook) and over 50 other major and minor improvements.
Also included in the new version is the option to buy additional filters via in-app purchase. The first set, dubbed "I ♥ Analog," features effects with names like Diana, Nostalgia, Pinhole, Expired and Contessa.
To celebrate the return of the app, Tap Tap Tap has priced Camera+ at $1 for a limited time, 50 percent off its normal price. A full list of changes and improvements can be see in its App Store listing. The program requires iOS 3.1 or later and work with any iOS device that has a built-in camera.