How To Add Instagram-like Filters Feature To The Stock Camera And Photos App On iPhone

Although we haven’t seen a large number of impressive and innovative tweaks landing in the Cydia store for a while, something tells us that the jailbreak development scene is about to receive a new lease of life in the coming weeks and months. The PhotoFilter package that will be available from the BigBoss repository may not offer anything we haven’t seen before in third-party apps, but it is definitely a worthwhile purchase for those who are into photography, filters, and love producing aesthetically pleasing images.

The ability to apply filters to images captured with an iOS device’s camera is nothing new. The now Facebook-owned Instagram app arguably reigns as the leader of that particular functionality, but what about the ability to add those filters without ever having to leave the native Camera or Photos app? PhotoFilter fills that void for those who don’t want to download and install an additional app to enhance their images.

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The developer of PhotoFilter was kind enough to give us an exclusive look at the tweak before it becomes available in the Cydia store.

Capturing a photo and viewing it within the Photos app remains exactly the same. No change has been made to the way that the user interacts with either of these two apps, which is great for familiarity. The power comes from the fact that the developer has bundled in a set of decent filters that can retrospectively be applied to the image. When the user is happy with the filter that has been applied, it can then be saved directly back to the camera roll for use at a later date.


PhotoFilter will definitely prove to be a useful addition to a lot of users, especially those who managed to delete their Instagram accounts amid the terms of service scandal that happened at the back end of last year. Besides, some people actually just prefer to stay away from third-party apps, so having this functionality as an addition to iOS is definitely something that will appeal to many. It would be nice to see the developer pushing out some future updates with additional filters to give that extra power over editing our photos.

PhotoFilter will be available on the BigBoss repository soon for $1.00 with no specific iOS version requirements being given.

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