One of the first Apple Watch features to be shown off on stage at WWDC was the ability to remotely trigger your iPhone’s camera with a simple tap of your wrist. As convenient as the feature is, what the stock Camera app uses to achieve this is fairly basic in nature, with limited control.
If you want to beef up the remote triggering capabilities of your Apple Watch, a new app called RemoteCam might be what you need instead.
Developed by MagicAnywhere, RemoteCam gives you an incredible amount of control over capturing photos and videos remotely on your iOS device.
In addition to basic triggering and reviewing of remotely-captured photographs, RemoteCam also lets you control zoom using the digital crown, switch between the front and back cameras, change timer modes, turn on/off the flash, and even turn off your iPhone’s screen while shooting for more covert and private snaps.
One of the more interesting features is the ability to trigger the camera by only shaking your wrist. Rather than tapping on the screen to take a shot, simply wiggle your wrist with your Apple Watch and capture your image.
For complete hands-off operation, you can even inquire Siri to open up RemoteCam by saying, “Hey Siri, launch Remote Camera.” This will open up the application on both your iPhone and Apple Watch so you can quickly snap a photo with a flick of the wrist.
In a perfect world, we’d love to see RemoteCam work alongside the stock Camera app, as to not add yet another photography app to our screens, but that’s not likely to happen any time soon. So, until then, it’s a matter of settling for Apple’s lack of control in their Camera app or use a third-party app for a more custom experience.
RemoteCam is available for free in the iOS App Store, so head on over and download it to take it for a spin.