iOS 18 could deliver a small but important camera upgrade to help you take pro snaps

When Apple talked about iOS 18 at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the company did something very unusual: it opened up its normally restrictive operating system in all sorts of interesting ways. One of those new freedoms has just come to light, and it could be excellent news for fans of iPhone photography.

As spotted by MacRumors, iOS 18 will let you launch a third-party camera app directly from the lock screen. Prior to this change you could add a camera button to the lock screen, but it would only open Apple’s own first-party camera app. Now, you’ll have a lot more flexibility to get straight into the app you want and start snapping away.