live photos

One of the coolest little new features of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is Live Photos. That being said, those thinking about buying an entry-level iPhone model with just sixteen gigabytes of storage won’t want to capture all their snaps as Live Photos.

And why is that? Because Live Photos take up about two times the space normal images, reports TechCrunch. And given the new iPhones’ improved camera system has been bumped to twelve megapixels, the file size for normal images has already gone up by approximately fifty percent.

The new feature is activated by tapping on a new icon that sits at the top of the screen in the Camera app, representing a set of yellow rings. It works by extending the capture moment just before and after you snapped a photo. Live Photos are enabled by default.

It’s important to note that Live Photos are not videos, they are still JPG images that the iPhone animates when you invoke the new peek 3D Touch gesture in the Photos app.

According to Apple, a Live Photo is basically a twelve‑megapixel photo augmented by brief moments just before and after it was taken, captured with movement and sound.

“Live Photos add a new element of wonder to your still photos with motion and sound,” explains Apple. “Relive moments of joy, surprise, and excitement simply by pressing a Live Photo.”

Live Photos are intended for capturing those subtle moments that are only possible with motion such as a sudden giggle, the hint of a dimple or a look of wonder.

You can also select a Live Photo as your Lock screen wallpaper that will get animated upon pressing on the Lock screen firmly.

Live Photos

It’s interesting that Live Photos can be also viewed on existing iPhones and iPads with iOS 9, Macs running El Capitan and Apple Watches with watchOS 2.

Apple has even opened up Live Photos to third-party developers and said that Facebook will be supporting Live Photos in their iOS app later this year.

Apple’s official documentation for developers states that a Live Photo can also be shared as a regular JPG image. And if sent to devices that don’t support the feature, a Live Photo will be received as a still image.

“If your app has the user interface for picking photos to share, you should let users play back the entire contents so they know exactly what they are sharing,” reads the document.


“When selecting photos to share in your app, users should also be able to turn a Live Photo off, so they can post it as a traditional photo.”

Another thing you’ll need to take into account concerning storage space is 4K footage. As you know, the iPhone 6s’s rear camera can now shoot 4K video at thirty frames per second.

While amazing looking, 4K footage takes up approximately 375 MB of storage for every minute of video shot, meaning you should probably opt for a 64GB version of the iPhone 6s if you plan on shooting 4K video.

Source: TechCrunch

  • Al Fresco

    another reason to question the 16GB base storage option.

    • Scott

      Apple loves people who make that mistake, they profit a lot from them….that’s why – just like the wrist strap for the apple tv… they’re smart and cheap

    • n0ahcruz3

      Because it just works! Lol

      • Kurt

        PING! lol

    • I’ve never met anyone who complain about the 16gb storage option irl actually

      • I’ve had the 16GB model 6 Plus and although it can be a pain, using iCloud to sync photos and videos is a life saver,
        I play Love Live School Idol Festival a lot and after a few months of playing, the in-app data is almost 2GB.
        I can see those who use Snapchat and Instagram a lot can run out of space quickly

      • Alborz

        My gf and I both have 64 GB and are running out of space. we have to buy the 200GB iCloud storage to ‘optimize’ our photos on the device.
        people who take a lot of photos very soon run out of storage. 16GB is a joke if you ask me.

      • iByron

        A lot of people just want a phone. My parents have a 16GB 6Plus and the only thing they’ve added to it are the apps I’ve added for them (which is one cookbook app and the Apple Store). They pay $11.88 a year for the extra iCloud storage — primarily filed with backup data — and they’re quite pleased with the device.

        To me, 32GB was the real waste. More than folks like my parents need, and way less than users like me need. If Apple makes more money with at 16GB device, more power to them. A broke Apple wouldn’t update their products.

        And we’d be complaining about our Blackberries.

      • mrgerbik


        Apple isnt going to go broke by offering 32GB over 16GB!
        And so what if your parent dont use the entire iPhones storage .. the space isnt “wasted” .
        Think of how much it helps all those other people who keep running out of storage out.
        Not everyone wants to spend a huge markup in price for the “luxury” of 16GB

        Sorry, but this has to be the most useless comment Ive ever read … lol

      • iByron

        The point


      • kickinghorse99

        What’s wrong with 32GB for the same price?

      • iByron

        Again: cheaper for Apple. Business makes more money.

      • Kurt

        My 16gig iPad has ZERO music on it, ZERO videos. and I have to constantly remove apps to update other apps. Then reinstall apps I want to play/use. I’ll never buy an iPad again. Makes doing simple tasks a chore. And no, its not because I’m holding it wrong. lol

    • Guy

      Q: Apple what you think about changing 16gb to 32gb for the same price.
      Apple: It doesn’t matter what you think.

  • CryptoCoin420

    32GB should be the base Model. I cannot believe they make such a huge jump from 16 GB to the 64 GB model. I am happy with my 64 GB model, but when I saw that I could not believe it.

    • Kurt

      Give it a few years, and they will follow Samsung. Galaxy note 3 base model came out with 32gigs. Pretty standard since then. Apple will copy as they normally do, late but…

  • singhay559

    Shitty as feature.

    • Kurt

      Worst gimmick since, sending a buzz to your friend on the apple watch lol

  • Micaiah Martin

    Ummm…correct me if I am wrong, but a video is images going so fast that it appears as the subject is moving…and I am pretty sure those are videos. Dumbass Apple. I have to get off the Apple train, they lost me at giving us features that are silly and hardware that is automatically 2 years old. I love iOS, but that was really the only thing keeping me with them

    • Drocx

      I dont see the point also of having the before and after scenes for a photo. I believe they jst want to cover up the shutter lag with the before scenes and the processing time with the after scenes.

    • Kurt

      Efficient frame-to-frame technology…yeah, its called a video. It’s been around for over a hundred years.

  • DeAndre Enrico

    “It’s important to note that Live Photos are not videos…

    …a Live Photo is basically a twelve‑megapixel photo augmented by brief moments just before and after it was taken, captured with movement and sound.”