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martinocando
Jun 22, 2013, 05:26 PM
When I use another music player on iOS6, the whole musical environment of the iPhone adjusts to use that app. I mean, if I open the task panel, and swipe right, the icon of the app currently playing is there, and the controls work for that app. The same when I double tap on the lock screen.

Why can Apple do the same with the camera, for example. Why can't we just set Pure camera or Kitcam as our default, and it will open it when swiping up on the lock screen?

Same as with default browser.

Northernist
Jun 22, 2013, 05:32 PM
Don't hold your breath. Apple uses a very closed-off ecosystem for their apps, I don't see this feature coming to iOS anytime soon unfortunately.

martinocando
Jun 22, 2013, 06:14 PM
Don't hold your breath. Apple uses a very closed-off ecosystem for their apps, I don't see this feature coming to iOS anytime soon unfortunately.

I know. I'm just venting my frustration. Pure photo is years ahead of the default camera app, and is a pain to tap, unlock, enter code and open the app when in a hurry, that many times I have to resort to the default app.
Looks like the iOS7 camera app is much better, but still lacks the tweakability of pure.

springsup
Jun 22, 2013, 06:21 PM
It's still impossible for apps to import music in to your music library.

I wouldn't count on them opening up media any time soon.

mrapplegate
Jun 22, 2013, 06:29 PM
Tim Cook mentioned/hinted that Apple will open up more at The All Things D Conference. Give it time. iOS 7 is still a beta, plenty of time to open things up.

Austin M.
Jun 22, 2013, 06:49 PM
Remember the leak a few days ago that shows the internal settings. The ability to have nested folders and hiding default apps? The possibility is not that far fetched. Additionally, Tim Cook did hint at this during the All Things D interview, where he said they're going to be more open and not as closed-in.

Menneisyys2
Jun 22, 2013, 07:55 PM
Looks like the iOS7 camera app is much better, but still lacks the tweakability of pure.

Yup, better, but still nowhere as flexible as that of, say, WP8. For example, you still can't add your own functionality to it to avoid having to reimplement the entire thing in your app, with all its tidbits like start/stop icon, flash icon etc. WP8's approach is orders of magnitude better, which is particularly painful for me, the developer of several dynamic video trackers (see my UbiPic client).

BTW, I'm working on a huge article on the new Camera stuff; it'll be soon published. Some tidbits of it has already been published in my 60 fps thread.

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Tim Cook mentioned/hinted that Apple will open up more at The All Things D Conference. Give it time. iOS 7 is still a beta, plenty of time to open things up.

I wish they indeed did that... though I'm afraid they won't. For example, the camera API is as closed as before. Absolutely no openness or end-user code integration possibilities.

One can only hope iOS7 can also be jailbroken so that we can add functionality like that of the excellent CameraTweak (or my video tweaker - see http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1538193 ) ourselves.

mrapplegate
Jun 22, 2013, 07:58 PM
I trust they will. Getting anyone to admit to a timeframe or even what will be opened up is a whole other discussion.