I'm old enough to remember my dad playing with a Polaroid camera. It was a big, clunky thing that turned out fuzzy black-and-white photos, and you had to treat the photos with a smelly spray to keep them from fading. Of course they faded anyway. Years later, I bought my own little Polaroid camera, which took off-color pictures that still faded. Still, instant pictures were a miracle, and I loved to watch the image slowly appear before my eyes.
Polaroid cameras are now pretty much a thing of the past and the original company is long gone, although the brand is still being used to sell cameras and film. Now you can relive the experience on your iPhone with a new app called Polamatic. The app has a license from Polaroid, so it's an approved app from the current owners of the Polaroid brand.
The US$0.99 app lets you take a picture with your iPhone, or load something from your camera roll. When you take the picture, you get the same sound I remember from the Polaroid cameras, and then the picture slowly develops on-screen before your very eyes.
Once the picture is taken, you get to apply a series of effects to mimic the kind of old photo you want to replicate. The app comes with 36 borders, that can look new or worn. There are also 36 special effects that let you customize your picture. These are similar to the effects found in other photo editors, but they certainly can make your photos look like the Polaroid photos of old.