iOS 16 Photos: 7 new features coming to your iPhone

The Photos app in iOS 16 gets some big additions that Apple has been trumpeting since it previewed the software update in June. But a handful of little changes to the photo-browsing and -editing app on your iPhone figure to introduce new ways to organize and fine-tune images once the full iOS 16 update arrives in the fall.

iOS 16’s marquee change to photos is the iCloud Shared Photo Library, a new addition that promises to make sharing and editing images with family members a more seamless affair. We’ve already shown you how to set up an iCloud Shared Photo Library, though, since it’s likely one of the first features you’ll try out when you download the iOS 16 public beta.

Likewise, one of the most impressive additions to iOS 16 overall is the ability to tap on the subject of a photo and lift it out of its background so that you paste it in other apps installed on your iPhone like Notes, Messages and Mail. The feature is tied to iOS 16’s updated Visual Look Up capability, though, and while you’ll primarily lift a subject out of the photos stored in your Photos library, you can also do the same thing with images in Safari and QuickLook, as well as screenshots, as I found when working on my iOS 16 beta hands-on.

iOS 16 photos hidden features

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Another high-profile Photos addition in iOS 16 taps into Live Text, the capability Apple introduced last year that lets you tap on the text in still photos to either copy it or perform quick tasks like address searches, phone calls or web browsing. iOS 16 Live Text extends the feature to text included in paused videos, and we’ve shown you how to copy text in a video with Live Text.

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