Dropbox updates iOS app with automatic uploads, 3 GBs of free space up for grabs

Back in early February, Dropbox released the beta version of the desktop app that’d allow for the automatic import (and upload) of your photos and videos upon plugging in your iDevice. Well that handy feature has made its way onto the iOS app, so after you’ve authorized Dropbox to have access to location services and turned on “Camera Upload”, all of your existing images and videos in the camera roll will be uploaded into the cloud. There’s a Gallery view so you can see what’s been uploaded to your Dropbox account. And by default, the auto export only works while the device is on Wifi, though you can enable cellular data if you wish.

As an added bonus, Dropbox is offering 3GB of extra free space for uploading photos/videos automatically through the app (in 500 increments – so if you upload 1.5GB of images, you’ll get the same in free space, up to 3GB). The catch is that if you’ve already participated in the beta program previously mentioned and got 5GB out of that, it doesn’t appear the 3GB will apply (see here).

The 1.5 Dropbox update is available now on the App Store, so grab it and check out the new Camera Upload feature (and get some free space in the process). Don’t forget that you now get an extra 500mb of space (as opposed to 250mb) for every new referral you make, so let your friends know about Dropbox to score up to 16GB on a free account.

Update: It appears that updating to 1.5 is causing some users to experience the black screen (of death) immediately after entering the passcode. If this happens to you, simply delete the app, and reinstall it on your device. Do note that this may wipe away the files you’ve marked as Favorites (the files are still in the cloud, just no longer stored locally on the device), so you may want to make a note of what’s favorited before deleting.

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App Description

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. Any file you save to your Dropbox is accessible from all your computers, iPhone, iPad and even the Dropbox website!

Features:
• Bring all your photos, videos, and docs anywhere.
• Automatically save photos and videos to Dropbox and earn up to 3 GB additional free space.
• Share a link to your photos, videos, and docs — no more attachments.
• Add files to “Favorites” for fast, offline viewing.

Take your work on the go and review docs when you’re out and about. Even if you accidentally leave your iPhone in a taxi, your stuff is always safe in Dropbox.

What’s New in Version 1.5

• Automatically upload photos and videos using Wi-Fi or cellular data plan
• Earn up to 3 GB of extra free space for uploading photos automatically (in 500 MB increments)
• See all the photos and videos you’ve uploaded to Dropbox in Gallery view
• Move and delete sets of files at once
• Upload files of any size

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