Your iPhone camera just got even more fun! The new iOS 11 software update for iPhone users includes some innovative features that really enhance your photo taking. These options are available on most models from the iPhone 6 to the current iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
For starters, Apple has introduced a new “high efficiency” storage format that they say will allow you to store twice as many photos. Called HEIF, it is capable of compressing images twice as efficiently as the commonly used JPEG format, without sacrificing image quality. As an example, a photo that was 1.2MB using JPEG would be around 891KB in HEIF.
Live Photos, a feature discussed earlier in our blog, is a unique way to blend your photos into short, moving images by capturing a few frames of video before and after you press the shutter button. In the latest update, it’s added even more creative options. The “Loop” feature replays the Live Photo you’ve created, adding a brief transition before each new loop begins. “Bounce” plays the video forward, then backward. And “Long Exposure” creates a blurred background, similar to what you can do with a DSLR camera. Editing Live Photos has also been made simpler, and includes options to crop, add filters, mute sound, and more.
iOS11 includes new facial recognition technology, which will make it quicker to find and sort photos by person using the “People” section of your Gallery app. Plus, once you’ve found the picture you’re looking for, there are a host of new built-in filters you can use to give your photos a distinctive look, including ‘Vivid’, ‘Dramatic’, and ‘Silvertone’ settings.
So, iPhone users, go ahead and indulge your inner shutterbug! You’ll be delighted with the creative freedom you’ll find from these latest update, not to mention the ability to take and store even more photos.