Apple’s iPhone 6s Live Photos Take Up About 2x Space Of Normal Images, Here’s How It Works [Video]

It’s all about the new technology introduced at Apple’s recent media event. Called 3D touch, alongside new iPhone, the iPad Pro, and a slew of other new Apple Products and offerings, but it also brought with it a number of new and innovative features pertaining to those announced iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices. With new Live Photos inclusion, which is exclusive for both the smartphone hardware, managed to devide opinion when it was unveiled. With the help of MacRumors, we’ve managed to tickle across some information that outlines just how Live Photos work.


Live Photos?  One of the novel features coming into the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which is definitely unique, differentiating addition that Apple hope will appeal to consumers who really want someting a little different. Live Photos will be viewable on existing iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watch devices with the latest operating systems. The feature itself essentially means that every photograph taken with the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus camera is a very brief video. Captures an additional 3 seconds of video ssurrounding photos on the new hardware, and Live Photos not only captures the image as it’s displayed on the screen, but it also captures movement at the time and any associated sound that is within the environment.

Apple describes it:

A still photo captures an instant frozen in time. With Live Photos, you can turn those instants into unforgettable living memories. At the heart of a Live Photo is a beautiful 12‑megapixel photo. But together with that photo are the moments just before and after it was taken, captured with movement and sound

To accompany it, Apple is also opening up the API for developers to support the new format in their own apps. Facebook has already committed to supporting Lve Photos in their iOS app later this year. It builds on the functionality of the existing iPhone camera hardware by bringing one new features, 3D Touch, into play when it needs to be activated and utilized. The iPhone camera already begins caturing photographs as soon as the native Camera app invlolked. Live Photos works using the same tech behind that by capturing enough of pre and post capture shots to put together a 1.5-second animation. The result in front, as an animated JPEG file with an audio file embedded within it.

Although, the new Live Photos format is a bundle of images based on the JPEG file format, allowing them to be easily sent as a still image to devices that don’t support Live Photo. Saved files can be viewed by the user directly on the device, accessible via the usual mechanisms to choose and action as a device wallpaper. TechCrunch is reporting that saying a Live Photos animation only occupies approximately twice the space of a normal image, even though it essentially holds multiple pictures in one file, as well as sound.

The Apple’s developer documents indicate that you can share the image as a regular JPEG if desired. More details should come out as the new iPhones begin shipping on September 25th, 2015.

Until then, check out Apple’s video “Introducing Live Photos” to see it in action.

(via MacRumors)