live photos

During the iPhone 6s section of today’s Apple event, Apple SVP Phil Schiller announced an incredible new feature called Live Photos. As the name suggests, Live Photos will essentially bring your photos to life by capturing small snippets (1.5 seconds) of video right before and after you take a photo.

You’ll be able to view the Live Photos on your iPhone 6s by activating 3D Touch, and Apple says playback will be available on Photos in El Capitan on the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and even Apple Watch. And since they’re not technically videos, it claims they don’t take up much more space than photographs.

Yes, it’s a little gimmicky, and I believe I’ve seen this (or a similar) feature before, but Live Photos seems like it has the potential to be a big hit with users. Developers will get access to the feature, and Apple says that Facebook will be updating its suite of applications to support it by the end of the year.

  • Thanh

    Should I upgrade from a 6 Plus to a 6s? or go straight to the 6s Plus?

    • Niko

      I’d say save your money ’til maybe next year’s iPhone, but if you really want a new iPhone, go for the 6s.

    • Wait for the 7 (better display, better battery, new design, 16mp camera, maybe wireless charging & so on..)

      • Thanh

        Roger that. I think I said the same thing to previous generations and ended up having the 3gs when most people had the 5s lol

      • Haha! Well, i had 3gs then 4s and upgraded to 6 when it came out. I’ll never buy a s version again, because imo the new iphones have always more new stuff than the s versions.

      • leart

        the 5 was almost identical to the 4s except for the screen size , instead the 5s was the true innovation, fingerprint scanner and 64 bit system, and this 6s brings to the table the new feature the force sensor that will be the new standard for all devices, so for my opinion always go for the S which is the most consolidated one

      • iBanks

        Then say the same thing Again next year when the 7 is launched, might as well get the 7s because it’ll include such upgrades, wait… Wait till the iPhone 8, those same specs will be upgraded.

      • Or simply you just upgrade to 7, and then to 8

      • Alberto Espinal

        Or wait for the 7s its going to have faster processor and a 20 mp camera, etc

      • Sebastian

        16 Mp camera? Don’t think so..

    • Micrones

      The features arent compelling enough if you are on 6 or 6 plus but for people on 5s or older models, just maybe..
      Personally, i will wait a year for Iphone 7

    • Disqus

      Do whatever you want. Either way, the system is set-up to entice you to spend money on a new product. They used to call this ‘planned obsolescence’ but don’t be confused- I’m not saying products are designed to fail. It’s deeper than that. The companies just make you think you need to have the newest best thing sooner than you really do. It works very well, and most of the world operates this way.

      Ask yourself if you like to be thought of as a consumer… because in the end, that’s what you are. You are not a person. You are a consumer.

      Having said that, you do still have a choice and don’t let ME dissuade you from buying something because you WANT it. Just recognize the difference between you wanting something, and a company wanting you to feel like you need it.

    • Elias Chao

      Is quite hard to get used to a smaller phone after you have a phablet-size phone. I’d say go for the Plus.

  • Art Hdr

    it will support iPhone 6?

    • Micrones

      That wasnt mentioned but this is a software tweak and not hardware, so hopefully it might be added to IOS9.
      But knowing Apple, they might chose not to enable for 6/6s, so as to convince people to purchase the 6plus/6s plus

      • RayRayBeav

        I think you mean the 6s and 6s Plus

        Not the 6plus/6s plus

      • p1noyako

        Your statement is also confusing.

  • Niko

    They didn’t that that feature was going to be available by default. I wonder how many people will forget about and will accidentally share their naked selfies. xD

  • Anmol Malhotra

    don’t see any reason to upgrade from 4s to 6s.

    • Micrones

      Well, if you are on 4s, you certainly need a phone upgrade to either 6/6s or the new ones.

    • White Michael Jackson

      Stay where you are. If you upgrade get a high android device. Apple still hasnt got it right.

      • Anmol Malhotra

        i thought of doing that but I’m so heavily invested in Apple that i can’t switch. Had bought so many apps songs and movies. I am really tied to them. Let’s see what can be done.

      • White Michael Jackson

        Well i had a 4s prior moving to the six. If you are looking for a new phone choose the one that has the best battery. The iphone 6 and 4s are the same thing. 6 is faster and has apple pay (granted you have a 4s so you haven’t even used apple pay, i have a 6, i havent either). Battery is STILL a problem with the 6. Jailbroken or not. Get yourself the one with the best battery or buy a battery case.

      • Rowan09

        Battery is a problem with everyone.

      • leart

        meh, the only “advantage” of android is to be open, so you get in gift stuff like “stagefright” and pirated apps, don’t see any reason for a regular person to use android anymore, ok you will save some money from purchasing apps but the lack of a ecosystem and piracy is enough reason to go for apple

      • White Michael Jackson

        Meh. Jailbreaking open you up to same problems. And the ecosystem is basically the same as apple. You might be stuck in 2009

      • leart

        I quit jailbreaking time ago, once it was great, now is just for pirating apps and to get viruses to, I started to like a clean device, nothing strange on it, the freedom of android is great, but after playing a while, you focus on what you really need from a device, security, privacy, strong and CLEAN ecosystem , I’m fine in apple jail but this is everyone’s choice

      • Rowan09

        I have a high end Android and I’m not sure what Apple hasn’t gotten right?

      • White Michael Jackson

        Sounds like you can understand opinions. Congrats.

      • igorsky

        Sounds like you like to offer to opinions but don’t like to hear opinions.

    • Ryan

      Haha you’re high.

    • Fardeen Beharry

      i’m still on the 6s, i am still debating to get a 6s or 7. i fera that the first gen of 3d touch will be unresponsive on this model and improved on the next model

      • regkilla

        You have the iPhone 6s? How you get it early?

      • Fardeen Beharry

        sorry 4s

    • igorsky

      Yep…Apple Pay, Touch ID, bigger screen, better camera, better processor, motion chip…definitely no reason to upgrade.

  • GMUSIK805 .

    3d touch is like velox yep useless

  • I’ll wait for a tweak like this lol

  • MrJohnBlaze

    this live photo thing seems really gimmicky it reminds me of the Htc zoe u will be over it after the first week and forget it exist like i did with time lapse

  • Tobias9413

    Anyone else notice that on the lock screen you can force touch the background and it plays the live pic.

  • Lhunar

    Everything 3d touch does could be set just as a long press action… so I really don’t get it and I really can’t see the point of it. Oh well…maybe just for fast changing the weapons on that game on the keynote.

  • n0ahcruz3

    If u have the 6, dont bother upgrading lol 12mp and 5mp front camera, rose gold and 3d touch are not worth upgrading. Just wait for 7 for the redesign more hardware features.

    • Mozaik

      who upgrades thier smartphones every year.

      • n0ahcruz3

        I certainly don’t but some do.

  • Diego

    How the Live photos will work on “old” iPhone without 3D touch?!?

    • RayRayBeav

      If I understand correctly Live Photos will only be for the iPhone 6s/6s Plus because they have the 3D Touch.

      • Diego

        Doesn’t metters, jailbreak will bring us this in another way.

  • Ryan

    Live Photos = Videos

  • Guy

    Whats the specs on these devices

  • RobDigital413

    Live pictures remind of this thing called GIFS. Lol
    Apple talking a Frappe and making a Coolata

  • RobDigital413

    But seriously I’ma wait for the IPhone 7

  • Sailor_V90

    While the iPad Pro and Apple TV are rememberable and engaging, the features of the iPhone 6s are less than stellar and are tragically forgettable. Having been realistic and honest with myself, I know majority of the time I will forget and dismiss the 3D Touch features. Reason being that with the time it takes to hold down my finger and use the shortcut features and do the specific gestures, I might as well just open the App and do the same thing. The upgraded camera is nice but not much more than that. With 4K pictures and a “Harry Potter” (Live Photos) shout out, I do feel though that the feature will eventually become bland. And I just love battery changes! (<– sarcasm.) Wait was that all for the iPhone 6s? (<– sarcasm.) On a personal level I do not agree with their decision to continue the 16GB, especially with the 4K quality camera and the like. I feel it is a bit harsh and unsympathetic to implement features that will, no doubt, take up more space on an already confined space that will eventually strangle the consumer; but on the contrary, from a business aspect I do get it. Overall I personally was not "Wowed," I think ultimately what I will do is just upgrade my 5s to the 6 with 64GB and see what the iPhone 7 has to offer next year.