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Live Photos upgrade with iOS 11

Live Photos were introduced by Apple back in 2015 which allowed users to take still images that animate with a press. With tweaks being needed it wasn’t long before third-party developers rolled out apps for trimming and transforming Apple Live Photos.

As is often the case, Apple appears to have taken notice of these third-party applications in deciding which features should be part of the core experience. With iOS 11, these sorts of editing tools are now built-in, along with a number of new effects.

So, with that, iOS 11 will be bringing a powerful update to the Live Photos feature, with the introduction of a number of new editing tools and effects. The new software will allow users to trim their Live Photos and select their thumbnails, as well as apply a number of effects such as long exposures and loops to make their Live Photos more engaging.

Apple have taken inspiration from the increased popularity from apps such as Instagram’s Boomerang that let you loop a live photo, or “bounce” the image back and forth, showing an example of how you can now turn a live photo into a loop, by using computer vision techniques for its seamless looping effect.

Another Live Photo effect is called long exposure, and lets you animate a part of an image to give the sense of something that’s been recorded over time. For instance, a photo of a running stream could just feature the water’s movement.

Posted on 01 August 2017