There’s an entire pane on my phone dedicated to photo apps, because I’m the kind of person mobile photo apps are designed to target. If TechCrunch’s prediction is to be believed, I may soon have an entire phone dedicated to photo apps?the iPhone 5, which will include Core Image and its newly-released long list of image control features for iOS 5. The new CI features will give iOS 5 developers more to work with and less to create from scratch, meaning easier filter creation and thus easier app creation.
The list of filters added to Core Image since beta 1 include CIGaussianGradient, CILuminosityBlendMode, CIRadialGradient, CIVibrance, CIToneCurve and more. As MG Siegler comments, “if an app has camera functionality, many more will now likely include [filters] because, why not?” The next iPhone is rumored to have a new sensor to go with its 8 megapixel camera. When the hardware gets better and the CI basics get better, the next logical step is that the resulting apps will be better as well. [image: Apple App Store featured “camera and photography” apps]