Photos app in iOS 10 gets inspiration from Google, but improves upon it in a key way

Photos app in iOS 10 gets inspiration from Google, but improves upon it in a key way
A while back, Google pushed a major update to its Photos app that added features that leveraged the company's machine learning expertise to truly understand your snaps. Previously the exclusive domain of the human brain, AI tech allowed Google's Photos app to understand context, recognize faces and objects, and even places. Not only that, but these all were made easily searchable, so a query asking for mountains will today bring you all your photos that have a mountain somewhere in the background.

Now, Apple is doing the very same thing. Hot off the stage at WWDC where Apple is still going strong with its keynote, the built-in Photos app is getting a similar overhaul. It looks different, sure, but at its core are changes much alike to the ones Google introduced in 2015. In short, Photos in iOS 10 will be able to recognize faces, objects, places, and all that good stuff. These will then be searchable, not to mention that your iPhone (or iPad/iPod) will also organize them into different albums, such as ones of people, trips, topics, and so on and so forth.

Photos in iOS 10 will be further helpful with its automatic slideshow creation tool, which will mash-up contextually-similar photos and videos (say, from a trip to Alaska), and automatically edit them into a short video. You can edit said works by specifying length and even mood, the latter of which will control tempo and music.

All of this, while not an exact copy of Google's Photos app, is pretty familiar. But—and Apple made sure to stress this on stage—it's important to keep in mind that with Photos on iOS, all of the work is done locally and completely offline. In comparison, to get all this good stuff, Google's robotic overlord minds need to hook up to your device via the cloud, which can be a privacy concern.

So props to Google for getting there first, and good on Apple for thinking of privacy—as self-serving as it may be in this case.



1. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

love how they give excuses about cloud. more than 50% of iphone user backup picture to icloud,... there go your privacy. Would love to see some innovation from apple instead of just copying..

4. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Why the hell do you care? Apple isn't Google sifting through every photo you upload to sell you like a hooler in heat. Take your bulls**t "innovation" and shove it.

5. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016


10. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Oh they sell it to a hooker or two, they just don't tell you about it. I mean what would mindless sheep do with that information anyway, not like they care as long as their devices are stamped with an Apple.

6. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Stop with the "where is the innovation". If you want innovation, ask other company. This is Apple, and they put out what they want. Be happy on the extra functionality on iOS.

2. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

'improves on it' By letting an algorithm analyse images and categorise them, already exists, and there was quite a large amount of people disturbed because for all they say 'done locally' it needs to compare and check online with certain prefixes and such.....quite the privacy concern. But I guess with Apple's rep, people believe they are 'safe'.

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

PhoneArena thinks that that is why Apple is doing it locally and that is quite laughable. Apple has had huge issues with their cloud back end and have shifted from Amazon to Google because they cannot handle it. This is just because they can't do it cloud wise, not because they want to. Also, the information they get from analyzing them locally will also be transmitted to Apple whenever they feel like it because there is nothing stopping them from doing it. Neither can you confirm they aren't because iOS is not open source.

3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So when Apple copies, it's inspiration for? Just say they copied. Why use glossy words for Apple and hate speech for everyone else? Lol. I don't think automatic upload of every photo taken is ever a good idea. Some people will forget they turned this on if not on by default, and snap something they didn't way anyone to see and then Apple will turn them in.

7. Andrew5190

Posts: 55; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Privacy, huh? Kinda like how the government can break into your iPhone now? Also, Google Photos are encrypted in the cloud. But, YAY INNOVATION!

8. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Are you sure Google photos are encrypted? And the government outsourced a company to break into that iPhone. All I have to do to break into any Android phone is know the password lol.

16. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

And what else is needed for your iPhone, sheep?

9. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

lol at PAs use of "gets inspiration"..if the roles were reversed we know what the heading of this article would be right guys?

15. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

It would contain, copy, steal, etc etc.....but it is what to expect from iphonearena.....

12. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

They better drop the 16GB model then, new Photos won't have much to do on the current base models.

13. Warenward

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Correct me if I am wrong, but this does not have unlimited storage like Google Photos right? I like Apple's solution that does face recognition on the device, but Apple devices do not have a lot of storage. If Apple does offer unlimited storage with face recognition then it completely defeats the purpose of doing face recognition on the device since now it would be doing those scans on iCloud. Beyond security concerns, I fail to see how this update is an improvement in comparison to Google Photos. Pictures and videos can take up a lot of space and until Apple's photo app offers unlimited storage, they will always be behind Google Photos in my eyes. TL;DR: I think Google Photos is better than Apple Photos since it offers unlimited storage.

14. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Ehmmm it's exactly what my galaxy S7 edge does on the device.....So even that did apple copy....that can't do anything themselves any more. Nothing new just copy, copy, copy, copy. I guess they are truly following their own God, Jobs himself. Seeing them selves as "great" artists.....

17. TerryTerius unregistered

Google photos gives you unlimited storage for life. Does Apple's new version have any answer to that?

21. Freeza

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Come on, it's apple. Why would they do something like that ? I use 6s for my work purposes and 6p for personal stuff. I feel like apple us catching up. Good for me, I get the same functionality (maybe Android has a bit more) Soon it'll all be the same.

22. TerryTerius unregistered

We're in the same lucky group :) S7 Edge and iPhone 6S Plus. But yeah, of course they won't. That's kind of what I meant, that seems to be overlooked.

23. Freeza

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Best of both the worlds :)

18. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I still like Google Photos. And local processing would only consume more battery to process images locally.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Then use Google photos.

20. sukrith2194 unregistered

No matter what anyone says... all these apps will get more downloads and users than its Android counterparts even if it's crap! That's branding for you... even when Google photos give unlimited storage, great performance etc... people will just probably pay Apple a premium for using the cloud on their phones saying it's the best cloud app there... most of the features in both iOS 10 and Watch OS 3? Are taken from Android N or other Android OEMs... the only thing apple got on their hands was time... as in time till now after the Google I/O to add features that Google actually forgot to show off/add in their apps...

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