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There’s a new way for iPhone users to attach photos to text messages in iOS 12 (AAPL)

Kif Leswing
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  • The latest version of iOS changes how you attach photos to text messages.
  • Now, you access your camera roll through an iMessage app available via the iPhone keyboard.
  • There isn't a way to change it back yet. 

The latest version of the operating system for iPhones and iPads, iOS 12, was released to the public on Monday, and it contains a lot of big changes and new features, including custom animated emoji, improved notifications, and major performance improvements.

It also changes how you attach a photo to text messages and iMessages — a tweak that could really confuse some people.

I've been testing iOS 12 since June, and it still trips me up, and I'm not alone.

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A 😡 thing about Messages in iOS 12:

The Camera app has button (left pic) to take you right to photos.

In iOS 12 Messages, the muscle memory’d photos button was replaced by the camera button.

Message camera GOT RID OF PHOTOS button (right pic).

Why, why, why??? Hate this!!!! pic.twitter.com/4dX4GfwArp Tweet Embed:
It’s been over a month and I still tap on the camera icon to send a photo in iMessage in iOS 12. Never gonna get used to opening the App Drawer to send a photo.

Here's what's changed: 

Your camera roll used to be accessed through the camera button on your keyboard. Here's what it looked like in iOS 11:

iMessage in iOS 11


But now that brings up the camera, without access to your camera roll. In iOS 12, you can find photos you've previously taken through the iMessage app drawer. 

Photos app drawer


Tap it to open up photos you've already snapped.

photos app drawer 2


But if you want to take a photo in the Messages app, you still tap the camera. The star icon where the camera roll button normally is now brings up selfie features. 

Camera iCon


Unfortunately, there isn't a way to change this back to the old way or hide the iMessage app strip in iOS 12 yet. 

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