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iOS 16 brings shared Family Library, duplicate removal and new editing tools to Photos

Apple showed off iOS 16 with a redesigned lock screen, unsending iMessages and Live Text updates at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday. Along with these updates, the company also introduced several new features for its Photos app, which will allow it to better compete with Google Photos.

With iOS 16, Apple’s Shared Photo Library offers a new way to store photos and videos captured by family members in one place, such as photos of pets and events. It’s a separate iCloud Photo Library from your main library.

Shared Photo Library is coming to iOS 16

Shared Photos Library is coming to iOS 16. Picture credits: Apple

Up to six users can upload photos to this collective photo stream. You can manually select photos or rely on the smart suggestions feature to share photos of a particular person or place. This could be useful for parents who want to automatically share their photos of children, for example, and is similar to older Google Photos Live Albums or partner sharing features.

iOS 16 will also bring a handy toggle in the camera app to directly share snaps to the shared photo library.

The camera app in iOS 16 will have a toggle to directly share images to the Shared Photo Library

The camera app in iOS 16 will have a toggle to directly share images to the Shared Photo Library

The camera app in iOS 16 will have a toggle to directly share images to the Shared Photos library. Picture credits: Apple

Apple said all contributors can add, delete, and edit photos and videos in the library.

In comparison, Google Photos’ Partner Sharing feature offers options to share all photos, photos of specific people, and only photos since today.

You can also create a shared album to collaborate with more users. Plus, you can automatically download features for certain people and pets.

Another feature of the iOS 16 Photos app update will bring a nifty cleanup feature that will automatically detect duplicate images. You can review these images and delete unnecessary ones and free up space on your device. (The feature will be available under Albums > Utilities.)

Google Photos doesn’t have built-in duplicate removal, but it does have a storage manager that lets you erase large photos and videos, blurry images, and screenshots, as well as tools to remove duplicates. photos from the device if they are already backed up to the cloud.

Apple is also adding privacy enhancements to the iOS 16 Photos app by automatically locking hidden and recently deleted albums. You must use Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode to unlock them.

Google’s Photos app last year added a Locked Folder feature, which lets you manually add sensitive images. However, there is no way to lock the deleted photos folder.

Visual Lookup is the most exciting and fun feature in iOS 16. It lets you “get” an object – like a pet or a dish – from your photo and lets you share it as a photo. image in other applications such as Messages, WhatsApp and Telegram. Think of it as a built-in sticker maker that doesn’t need any background removal tools.

You can now turn your pets into stickers with iOS 16

You can now turn your pets into stickers with iOS 16

You can now easily create stickers of your pets with iOS 16. Picture credits: Apple

The updated Photos app will also let you copy and paste editing styles across multiple photos. If you have a set formula of filters and effects to brighten up your photos, you can apply it to one image and copy the edits to other images to replicate those edits easily.

Also, with iOS 16, you will be able to undo or redo multiple steps in edit mode. Many other apps just allow you to discard all changes, so if you need to go back to the last steps, you have to start over.

The new Photos app will also bring new memory types like this day in history, sorting people alphabetically, and muting featured content.

Apple is finally showing off some serious features with the iOS 16 Photos update that could give Google Photos a run for its money. Even if you use the Google app to back up your photos, these upcoming updates to the iPhone’s default image manager app can be very handy for editing and private images.

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