Apple announced that it is rolling out a new category in the App Store just for users who enjoy taking and sharing photos of themselves. iOS users with a penchant for selfies can now find all the apps they need in one place. The “Sharing Selfies” section in the App Store brings together apps such as Snapchat, Picr and Frontback, which allow users to take, edit and share informal self-portraits.
Named by Oxford English Dictionaries as the Word of the Year in 2013, the selfie was recently in the news following the 2014 Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. A selfie snapped by the TV presenter featuring Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep among others was retweeted a record three million times.
Taking selfies seriously
The mobile app market isn’t the only sector to be influenced by the trend. As selfies become more popular, smartphone makers are paying more attention to their front-facing cameras. A number of models unveiled at the last Mobile World Congress in Barcelona — including the HTC Desire 816, the Wiko Wax and the Huawei MediaPad X1 — boast front-facing cameras with a relatively high 5-megapixel resolution. Other manufacturers have opted to maintain their low-resolution front cameras, but have added new software features designed to improve the quality of selfies.