August 13, 2012

Rethinking Screen Shots on the iPhone

Taking screen shots on the iPhone is probably one of my most used features on a day-to-day basis. I get to show friends what I'm talking about when describing something via instant messaging. I am able fully construct emails with descriptive images, or share them across my social networks.

Currently, screen shots taken on the iPhone are stored in your Camera Roll where they should be. But I'm advocating for some actions to be available to user before it's sent there. 
Having used this feature for quite while now I've noticed that I don't just take screen shots to save them for later. I'm either trying to embed the screen shot in an email, share it to Twitter or Facebook, or even post it on Instagram. I find myself posting final game scores to Facebook anytime one of my teams win (emphasis on win). It's my way of sticking it to the buddies who are on the opposing team. But this got me thinking about how cool it would be if after taking the screen shot, options to email, tweet, or share, appeared on the screen. Instead of having to go into your camera roll before performing one of these actions.

It's one of those features you probably never thought you'd want. But watch Apple add this to iOS, and wonder how you ever lived without it. Much like this.

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