Today, five days after the company unveiled its new iPhone 14 line, iOS 16 Photo Editing Tool and software for all compatible iPhones was formally made available to the general public. One of the simplest photo editing methods I’ve ever seen is part of iOS 16’s release today, which also includes a tonne of other cool new features. Read more iPhone 14 colors: all the rumored and likely shades
To separate a photo’s subject, such as a person, from the background, you tap and hold on the image. The feature doesn’t have an official name. If you continue to hold, you can “lift” the cutout from the image and drag it into another app to post, share, or create a collage, for instance.
Technically speaking, the tap-and-lift photo feature is a part of Visual Look Up, a feature that was introduced with iOS 15 and can identify a variety of objects in your photos, including pets, food, plants, and landmarks. With just a tap and hold in iOS 16, Visual Look Up enables you to remove that object from a picture or PDF.
The new tap-and-lift tool was demonstrated at WWDC by Robby Walker, Apple’s senior director of Siri Language and Technologies, using a picture of a French bulldog. The dog was “cut out” of the picture before being dropped into a message’s text field.
Walker said, “It feels like magic.
Even though Apple occasionally overuses the word “magic,” this tool is certainly impressive. Walker was quick to point out that an advanced machine learning model, which is accelerated by core machine learning and Apple’s neural engine to perform 40 billion operations in a second, is what caused the effect. More here Best iOS 16 Beta 8 Is Now Available For Developers
It excites me to no end to know how much processing and machine learning goes into removing a dog from a picture. New phone features frequently need to be ground-breaking or solve important problems. You could say that the tap-and-hold tool addresses the issue of removing a photo’s background, which, to at least some people, might be a serious one.
It was impossible for me to ignore the resemblance to another photo feature in iOS 16. The photo editor separates the foreground subject from the background of the image used as your wallpaper for the lock screen. As a result, lock screen information like the time and date can be layered behind the wallpaper’s main subject and in front of the background of the image. It gives the impression that it is a magazine cover.
Within iOS 16 Photo Editing Tool public beta, I experimented with the new Visual Look Up feature. I’m still in awe of how quickly and consistently it operates.