Live Photos

How to teach your iPhone or iPad to recognize people’s faces

Organizing one’s photos by date or occasion is by far the most common methodology in photography, and of course why wouldn’t it be? The simple fact of the matter is that a chronological structure of photos satisfies most search requests because you pretty much know immediately where to look for a certain snapshot. With that said, more unconventional efforts such as accumulating every single photo taken by the beach or all shots of your family ever snapped, quickly render the chronologic album structure rigid and dated.

More than ever with iOS 10, Apple is trying to alleviate the issues outlined above by giving prominence to more forward-thinking photo organization algorithms, including improved facial recognition software to detect recurring faces in your photos. The result of which is the capacity of machine learning and smart album creation on the basis of the identified individuals. If this sounded grossly techy, let’s put it in plain language: with a little bit of your help, your iOS-powered device is capable of both learning who’s in your photos and filing away pictures old and new in one joint album for your reminiscing pleasure.

Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about teaching your device of choice the names of the subjects in your photos. We’ll also explore how to help your iPhone identify additional photos in case auto-recognition fails, and everything else necessary for a much more intelligent way to organize your photo library in the future.

How to select different still frames of Live Photos

Live Photos is among the features Apple was selling prominently during the iPhone 6s ad campaign. Live Photos is still around, thanks for asking. As you’ll recall, Live Photos lets you record what happens 1.5 seconds before and after you snap a photograph.

These images come alive when you touch them in the Photos app and can be set as your Lock screen wallpaper or shared via services like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. When you take a Live Photo, the Camera app uses AI to select the best still image.

It’s this still portion of a Live Photo that’s displayed in the Photos app, sent when you share it and more. In this tutorial, we’re going to teach you how to select a different moment in your Live Photo as the still frame.

How to preserve your iPhone camera settings

Prior to iOS 10.2, iPhone’s stock Camera application always defaulted to the factory Photo mode. ForIf you were recording video, for instance, Camera would switch to Photo mode as soon as you exited out instead of keeping the selected Video mode on. Similarly, taking pictures with one of the built-in live filters was cumbersome because Camera would set the filter to None after exiting out. This behavior used to be quite a hindrance for iPhone photographers who rely on a specific capture mode.

On iOS 10.2 and later, new user-facing toggles in the Settings app permit you to preserve your last-used shooting mode, live filter and Live Photo settings so they’re don’t reset every time Camera launches. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to preserve camera settings on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

How to add Live Photos to your Instagram stories

In a new update released to its users this week, Instagram has added the option to upload Live Photos shot on iPhone and turn them into Boomerangs, all this from within the app itself. The only limitation at present time is that Live Photos can only be used in your stories (not in your main Instagram feed), although this may change in the future.

In this post, I will show you how to turn your Live Photos into Boomerangs in your Instagram stories.

WhatsApp now lets you send short videos or Live Photos as animated GIFs

Following a recent update that added a bunch of new camera features and the ability to draw on photos, Facebook-owned WhatsApp today pushed another update that enables support for animated GIFs. Not only can you now send and receive animated GIFs through WhatsApp for iPhone, but also easily send any short video or Live Photo in your library as an animated GIF. WhatsApp 2.16.15 is required for these features, available free on the App Store.

10+ new features in iOS 10.2 beta 1

Apple yesterday issued beta 1 of the forthcoming iOS 10.2 software update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. For starters, iOS 10.2 beta 1 includes three new wallpapers, provides a bunch of new emoji as part of the Unicode 9.0 standard and gives Camera the optional ability to remember filter, Live Photo and mode settings.

Star ratings are back in the Music app and Videos has its own widget. Oh, and you can now annoy friends with a brand new animation in Messages.

Without further ado, here’s our video hands-on with iOS 10.2 beta 1 accompanied by a detailed description of all the new features and enhancements.

New Google app turns Live Photos into animated GIFs and movies with cinematic backgrounds

Google today announced it’s launching a brand new iPhone application aimed at those who wish to turn their Live Photos into animated GIFs. Aptly named Motion Stills, the app turns Live Photos into Motion Stills with Google’s stabilization technology and cinematic backgrounds.

These Motion Stills can then be shared as looping GIFs on social media. Motion Stills is available free in the App Store.

tvOS 9.2 is here: Dictation, folders, Live Photos, wireless keyboards, iCloud Photo Library & more

tvOS 9.2, a new update for the operating system which powers the fourth-generation Apple TV, is now available for public consumption. The new firmware, released alongside iOS 9.3, OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 and watchOS 2.2, is a very interesting update for the cool new features it brings to the table.

tvOS 9.2 enables several features missing from the initial tvOS release, including long-awaited support for wireless keyboards, dictation, Siri support for App Store searches, app folders on the Home screen, a revamped app switcher, Siri Remote improvements, support for Live Photos and iCloud Photo Library and more.

OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 is out with full Live Photos sharing, password-protected Notes and more

After spending more than two months in beta, OS X 10.11.4, a fourth major update to OS X El Capitan, today released for public consumption. The software update is now available and recommended for all OS X El Capitan users.

Even though it comes with a few noticeable outward-facing changes, OS X 10.11.4 does pack in some newsworthy improvements—namely in stock Messages, Notes and Photos apps. Full sharing of Live Photos via iMessages has been implemented throughout the system, too. Like other major OS X releases, 10.11.4 includes a handful of under-the-hood changes and tons of bug fixes and performance optimizations.