Ever since the launch of the first iPhone in 2007, Apple has always had the simplest of camera interfaces possible - an all-automatic camera with no manual controls. Later versions of iOS introduced the HDR photo feature, then a high-res panorama, and a few other modes with time, but up until the latest version of iOS, you have no manual settings like ISO, white balance, etc.

This is set to change radically in iOS 8 - Apple has dropped a few hints about its plans at WWDC, and it seems like the company will give users access to just about every single manual camera setting you can think of in the stock app: ISO, shutter speed, focus, white balance and exposure. 

Controlling ISO manually allows you to set how sensitive to light is the sensor, and while settings ISO high translates into more light, it also introduces more noise. The shutter speed refers to the time the sensor has to absorb light, and the longer it is, the more light it can absorb. Setting focus manually - from macro to infinity - is an option that we’ve so far seen only on Nokia Lumia devices and the HTC One (M8). Moreover, iOS 8 will also add more advanced features like gray card custom white balance like in more advanced dedicated cameras.

We don’t know whether Apple will open up access to those features to third-party apps, but if it does, we might just see a flood of new iOS camera apps.

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