Incredibooth, The Return!

By on September 22, 2017

The new iOS version, iOS 11, has been made available this week and despite the novelties and improvements, it is also synonymous with the disappearance of over 180.000 apps! Without diving into the technical considerations, which is only relevant to the developers, iOS 11 will no longer support 32-bit applications, which will be retired from the App Store sooner, rather than later. The developers will have to update their apps to 64-bits, but it seems most likely that those that haven’t been updated in a while, will probably not be updated at all.

The 180.000 disappearing apps represent about 8% of all the iPhone applications and it’s quasi certain that you have some of those. There is, however, a simple way to identify the 32-bit apps on your phone: go to "Settings", followed by "General", "About" and, finally "Applications". Prepare to be shocked and get out the Kleenex!

When I heard about this, I immediately whipped out my iPhone and it turns out I have about 60 apps that won’t function with iOS 11. I have to admit that I haven’t used any of these 32-bit apps in ages; that said I had a bit of a shock when I came across Incredibooth!

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Incredibooth is a product, launched by Hipstamatic in 2010, that aimed at putting the glamour back into the humble photo booth. The principle is simple: you choose a "booth", you sit in front of your iPhone, you push the button and there you go; the app takes 4 pictures in a row, just like the ones you get at the real photo booth. It’s the same principle as all the other Hipstamatic apps: each "booth" boasts its own effects, some of which are quite similar to the Classic edition. It’s as funny as it is fun!

 

It’s with a hint of sorrow that I then contacted Hipstamatic to ask whether I would have to say goodbye to Incredibooth forever. I wasn’t expecting a positive response, to be honest, but I got an answer from Mario: "Update is almost done. We tested over the weekend and today we added a new booth :) I’ll get you details in the morning."

So… great news! Incredibooth is back on track and the new booth is called "Old Fashioned"; it reproduces a number of effects that are well known to Hisptamatic users: a mix of TinType, Autochrome and Pinhole. The other booths are just as creative, so go ahead and give them all a try. Tim to pull out all the stops with the new Incredibooth, decidely a very entertaining app!!

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