6 Ways to Get Time Lapse Video on the iOS 7 Camera

Big changes are coming to the iOS camera and Photos app when iOS 8 launches this fall. One of the highlights will be stock time lapse video capabilities, to complement slow motion and burst mode. These last two features are officially limited to the iPhone 5s.

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Older devices can get slow motion and burst mode functionality through jailbreak tweaks or third-party apps. Apple has not revealed if time lapse will be limited to the iPhone 6, however there are several ways to record time lapse videos right now on existing iOS devices. Here are six ways to get time lapse video on the iOS 7 camera.

FlipCam Makes it Easier to Switch iPhone Cameras

Switching between the front and rear iPhone camera is already simple. The jailbreak tweak FlipCam seeks to make this process even easier and faster than normal. For those who have trouble tapping the small icon in the corner, FlipCam provides an alternative way to change cameras.

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Once installed, FlipCam does only one thing and has no settings or options to configure. To switch cameras just press and hold within the camera viewfinder. Anywhere on the live preview works, in addition to the usual small icon in the corner.

Declutter the iPhone Camera App Interface

The iOS Camera app provides many easily-accessible features on its default interface. While the design might be slick and functional, in some situations the words and buttons can distract from previewing the scene in front of the lens. The jailbreak tweak MinimalCamera seeks to declutter the Camera app interface, temporarily hiding everything except the live preview.

iOS 7 jailbreak minimal camera

MinimalCamera can not only be enabled or disabled under Settings, but the tweak can be switched on or off at any time from within the Camera app. First off, after installation the tweak provides only a toggle switch (enabled by default) and an option for iPhone 5 and 5s users (4-inch screens). Enabling Keep Ratio on larger iPhones will make sure the photo preview matches what is stored to the camera roll.

Photos App Gets New Features in iOS 8

One of the major improvements to iOS 8 announced at today's WWDC keynote presentation are new features coming to the stock Photos app. Apple is adding a new service called iCloud Photo Library to help store iOS users' photos safely in the cloud. However, that's just the beginning.

iOS 8 iCloud photo library

Apple touts the iCloud Photo Library as a way to store and easily search any photo from any device. Once enabled, Photos will automatically keep everything on iCloud in its original resolution and format. The files can be accessed on the web or from any iOS device. Searches result in suggestions to check out favorite photos, or those taken around the same time or place.

How to Access the iPhone Camera from Anywhere

Quickly opening the camera app can be the difference between snapping a great iPhone shot and losing that moment forever. The camera shortcut on the lock screen helps when the device is locked, however jumping to the camera when using other apps takes time. The jailbreak tweak quickCam eliminates this problem by making the camera available from anywhere.

iOS 7 jailbreak camera tweak

Once installed, there are no settings to configure. QuickCam works by adding an Activator option that opens quickCam. Just about any gesture can be set to open quickCam from anywhere. For example, quickCam can be invoked from within an app by swiping on the status bar.


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