Fun 1-Hour Photo App Makes You Wait for Your iPhone Snaps to ‘Develop’

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Does waiting for your photos to develop make the experience of picture taking more enjoyable? More importantly, does it make you more deliberate about the photos you do take? Nevercenter Labs‘ answer to both of those questions is a resounding “yes,” which is why they created a neat new smartphone photography app called 1-Hour Photo.

Released just over a month ago, the app gives the old-timers a big bolus of nostalgia while offering the youngins a new experience when it comes to snapping smartphone photographs.


The app takes photos using the company’s “beautiful black and white film emulation,” and once you’ve taken a shot, you’re forced to wait an hour before the app will let you see it. It’s the anti-chimping app, if you will, and Nevercenter Labs maintains that it “changes everything” about the way you take smartphone photos:

By the time you see your photos, the moments they’ve captured have already become memories, which changes how you feel about them forever.

Nobody gets distracted in the moment by reviewing photos as they’re being taken – your special moments remain all about the moments themselves.

Nobody can veto a photo right after it’s taken, since everyone has to wait an hour to see the results

To check the free app out for yourself, head over to the iTunes App Store by clicking here. Unfortunately, there is no Android version out yet (and no mention of one either) so this one is just for the Apple nerds… don’t hate.

(via The Phoblographer)

  • Jason Yuen

    Still doesn’t prevent you from snapping 9 billion photos of your duckface selfie.

  • John G.

    Luddites rejoice?

  • Mark Brown

    A neat idea, at least. Not sure I’d want every one of my photos given the “B&W film emulation” treatment, but I do like the potential positives of forcing/encouraging people to take more care with their composition (etc.) before snapping, and avoiding distracting chimping.

  • pgb0517

    Every person who has ever posted a gripe online about getting it right in camera, not taking dozens of shots because we couldn’t do that in film days, and so on, should gut it up and use this app.

  • OtterMatt

    Kitchy? Yup. Mostly useless and silly? Oh yeah. Do I want it? Hells yes, I do.
    Maybe it’s just me, but there’s just something… compelling about the idea.

  • Chris Malmberg

    I agree. This is one of the stupidest, but most interesting ideas for an app. I want.

  • Mike

    I want an app that unsmarts my smartphone.
    Make it look like some brick like Nokia 3310

  • Jigsaw

    The ultimate hipster app. :D

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  • Marie-Louise Overgaard

    I must admit this app seems like such a silly idea and perhaps that is what makes it so interesting to me…the thought of taking a picture now and now being able to see it right away just seems so intriguing…

  • Oj0

    The app should rather limit you to 36 pictures followed by three hours without the ability to take a photo while you’re “finding a pharmacy and buying film”, and no buying outside of office hours.

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  • Manuel Cordero

    Or even better, 36, sometimes 37 or 38 if shooting on a Lomo LC-A, and then wait 3 minutes, for changing film, then again, up to 5 rolls each day. Who spends more than 5 rolls of film every day anyways? (i once did xD)