In iOS 13, Apple turns its ugly Photos app duckling into AI swan and video editor

In iOS 13, Apple turns its ugly Photos app duckling into AI swan and video editor
Let's face it, Apple's Photos app has been a bit of a mess since, well, inception. All of your pictures are bunched up into a single album called "All Photos," if you want them backed up to iCloud, bazinga!

The new Photos app in iOS 13, thankfully, addresses some of these issues. No, you still won't get your own folders to create and sync separately with iCloud, but you do get on-device machine learning to do it for you.

The app will now rampage through your entire library, merge duplicates, purge blurred snaps, separate receipt shots from vacation photos, and leave only your personal bests, highlighted in a beautiful presentation of the day, month or year. The videos and Live Photos get to autoplay while you scroll these highlight, and everything gets way better organized than if you painstakingly did it yourself, or so says Apple.



The Portrait Lighting edits can now get done in the Camera app directly, including aura movements to and fro for sharper or smoother facial expressions, and Apple throws a fresh High-Key Mono effect to go retro on your Portrait mode shots.


Photos app in iOS 13 gets to rich editing


The rich set of photo editing tools gets overhauled with new ways to make your snaps look better, from de-noising and saturation to one-tap autoenhance tool. Swiping with the new tools can increase or decrease the desired effect. 

The best part? Most of these editing tools, young and old, will be available for videos now, too, straight from the Photos app, including rotating portrait clips into landscape, smart cropping and applying various filters. 

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18 Comments

1. notfair

Posts: 741; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

I see this and I can't believe how far behind apple is compared to android...

2. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

At what? Icon packs and split screen?

3. notfair

Posts: 741; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

gallery in this case. edit: and yes, icon packs and a freaking app drawer so can have a decent wallpaper unobstructed by icons.

5. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Sigh... I’ma be real, most people don’t give a damn about crap like that.

8. maherk

Posts: 6878; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I bet you keep saying the same thing about stuff that hasn't been implemented yet in iOS. Next year, you'll welcome those features if added and say the same about the stuff that hasn't been added.

10. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I'll welcome them, sure. But will most people? Not really, no. The novelty of s**t like themes and widgets are strictly for people like you or I, not the general masses.

15. oldskool50

Posts: 1550; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

So what. Everything doesn't need to be implement just because a mass of people may or may not be interest. The vast majority of people in the world aren't handicapped. Does that mean we shouldn't have things like priority seating and parking closer to entrances of businesses? Because that's how you sound. I bet at night before you sleep, instead of counting sheep; instead you sit and think of the most stupidest thing you can to reply back to us. Don't you? Are you related to Donald Trump?

14. oldskool50

Posts: 1550; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

So....because most people don't give a damn, that means you shouldn't have it? Well most people don't give a damn about benchmarks, ASP or sales; but it doesn't stop any of you from talking about it. See how that works?

6. Saioofi

Posts: 342; Member since: May 23, 2014

The same people that post s**t like this mock apple when they copy something from android. You’re never satisfied.

9. Vokilam

Posts: 1200; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Make as many app drawers as you want on iOS for years now! Native photo editing ha been on iOS for years as well (this is just a redesigned layout with added more features). Do you guys see a picture and blast your mouth off? Just because something was redesigned how it looks doesn’t mean it’s a new feature.

18. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

The dude that has written the article has little idea what Photos app (in iOS 12) can do and that it's just as good at managing the pictures as Google Photos. The difference between the 2 of them are the compression (I prefer AP, because of the quality, although, if I were to pay for GP, they would be on par), and some AI filters (in Apple, one needs to manually make edits) and features. They are both great options and what you have said is because of bias and not enough information.

4. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

It's good that Apple is catching up.

7. Ikechukwu

Posts: 250; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

so far behind...... using the XS Max and just hoping the Pixel 4 XL or whatever it is doesn't disappoint too much.

11. Jrod99

Posts: 729; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

When’s an oldskool tech expert going chime in on the matter?

12. Nionx

Posts: 203; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

So Apples photo appis now Google photo...go figure

13. baldilocks

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I’d still prefer a simple standalone photo gallery.

16. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 573; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

My Galaxy Note 4 can edit videos, crop images and rotate their orientation. You can have your amazing CPU when its software is leagues behind all other Android OEM's congrats on your dark mode too. Also finally you guys have a swype keyboard welcome to 2011 or 2012 :D

17. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

You have an advance feature for your slow poke hardware cheap android devices.

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