iOS 5 camera app adds ‘Swipe to Camera Roll’ feature

With iOS 5, Apple has made the Camera app on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad much easier to use with a new “Swipe to Camera Roll” feature.

Seen in my screenshot to the right, this allows users to swipe to the left in the Camera application to view the photo roll. On the right, the Camera app continues to show a preview in the viewfinder, even as the previously-taken photos slides in from the left.

Gone are the days of of trying to tap the small preview image on the lower-right corner. This new feature makes accessing previously-taken photos and video much easier, and much faster. The swiping is very fluid on my iPhone 4 running iOS 5 beta 2.

This joins previously-announced features like camera access from the lock screen and great touchup tools and better organizational tools.

The Camera app is just one example of Apple using iOS 5 as an opportunity to remove many of the small annoyances dealt with everyday by its mobile customers.

iOS 5 will be released this fall.

Stephen Hackett, formerly a Lead Mac Genius at Apple, now spends his days running the IT department of a large non-profit in Memphis, TN. He writes about Apple, design and journalism at Like all twenty-somethings, you can find him… Full Bio