In iOS 5, Apple added editing features to the Camera app on your iOS devices. The features allow you to enhance your photos without having to transfer them to iPhoto on the Mac. The Camera app now includes four basic functions: Enhance, Red-Eye removal, Rotate, and Crop.
The Auto-Enhance button (the magic wand) will enhance the image by tweaking things such as sharpness, levels, and contrast. Red-eye shows you incidents where red-eye might be present in the picture, which you can correct by tapping. You can also manually remove red-eye and rotate and crop images directly from the Camera Roll. When cropping images, you simply choose the crop ratio or use one of the nine included preset crop sizes. While in crop mode, you can also straighten photos/images with a two-finger rotate gesture.
I noticed during my testing that once your enhanced image gets saved, it over-writes the original; there is no option to reset your photograph to its original state. The enhancement may not always have a positive effect on your photos, so make sure you are happy with the results before saving your edited photo.
Apple’s solution of photo-editing in iOS 5 may not be all that powerful, but it’s decent for applying some basic touches to your pictures to post on Twitter, Facebook or any other social service of your choice.
In a future article, we will explore the difference between Apple’s built-in solution for photo editing app and other third-party photography apps that could be found in the App Store, judging which offers better functionality when it comes to editing photos.