iOS users who enjoyed the ability to snap a photo in Messages are in for a big surprise.
There is no longer the ability to snap a shot and just send it to a friend — photos and videos taken in the Camera app are automatically added into your library.
Apple didn’t highlight this change on stage at WWDC alongside iOS 12. However, it arrived in Beta 1 and stuck through the final beta, and it seems it’s here to stay.
Essentially, tapping the camera icon on the top-left side of the keyboard now opens the viewfinder, and once you take a photo — or a few quick snaps — they’re all added to your library.
The biggest adjustment is not being able to access your photo library quickly.
And if you hit the blue arrow after taking a selfie, it will save a copy to your camera roll and send it out as a message. Instead of the camera button, you now click the photos icon that sits alongside the Messages App.
Clicking that will bring up the recent photos panel, where you can easily select and share photos. Selecting more than five photos or videos will have it share those through an iCloud Shared Photo Library.
It’s a nice bonus to see a larger amount, and it’s definitely a core change to the UI. Tapping “All Photos” will bring up a splash screen of the Photos app. This provides you with a more versatile browsing experience for the full library.
If you do hit the “Camera” button and want to see your photos, tap the stacked-photos icon on the top-left corner.
It looks like it’s time to get used to the new world of sending and sharing photos in iOS 12 Messages.