I’ve owned every version of the iPhone starting with the original, three of the four iterations of the iPad, and, oh yeah, I write about Apple products almost every day. Despite all that, I still manage to stumble across features on devices such as the iPhone and iPad that I either never learned about or forgot existed. Case in point: I found out today that the volume controls on Apple headphones or EarPods can be used to remotely control the camera shutter. I know. I was amazed, too.

So here’s how it works: Just like you can use the volume + button the side of the iPhone to snap a photo, the same thing applies to the volume buttons on official Apple headphones and EarPods. Simply bring up the camera app (or certain apps such as Camera+), set your camera as you want, and press the volume + button to take the photo.

Setting your phone on a steady surface and then using the remote shutter feature means you’ll never have to worry about a shaky hand ruining the shot. Also, the volume controls on Apple EarPods are a little over three feet (or almost exactly one meter) from the plug, which should work well for snapping a photo of yourself and a few friends without dealing with a 3rd party camera timer app.

I can’t be the only one who missed this feature when it was originally implemented a couple of years back, right? Right?!

Why did nobody tell me that Apple headphones can be used to remotely snap iPhone photos? originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 05 Aug 2013 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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