Here are all the changes coming to Photos in iOS 13

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in iOS edited July 5
As one of the most used apps on iOS, it is no surprise that Apple takes a good look at it on a yearly basis. Once more, there is a fair amount of substantial changes coming to both the Camera and Photos app for iPhones and iPads.

The updated Photos app in iOS 13
The updated Photos app in iOS 13

The Camera app

Before getting into the bulk of the changes in the Photos app, let's quickly cover the Camera app.






The user interface is largely unchanged, sans for a small icon tweak. The filters icon -- located in the top right corner -- no longer is emblazoned in multiple colors, and instead takes a new grayscale aesthetic.

The new High Key Light Mono Portrait Mode in iOS 13
The new High Key Light Mono Portrait Mode in iOS 13


Shooting in Portrait Mode is now more capable. First, with the new High-Key Light Mono effect, it essentially separates out the subject and turns the background solid white, as well as making the subject grayscale.

Portrait Mode also has a new intensity slider and toggle that allows the effect to be more or less prominent.

The Photos app

The new layout of the iOS 13 Photos app
The new layout of the iOS 13 Photos app


The Photos app is where we see the biggest changes, starting right when you launch the updated app. As far as small, visual changes go, the first "Photos" tab now has a simple sunset image on the icon.

More encompassing, the entire app is now broken out into years, on this, days, and all -- just within this first tab.This allows users to more quickly peruse their photos by time, and when navigating between years, months, days, or all, it keeps the timeframe so it is simple to move more granular.

In the month view, it highlights the best events and photos within each month. Photos that are duplicates, are of white boards, are of receipts or documents, and that are screenshots are automatically hidden in day view so only the best images are shown. They can be quickly found in the all photos tab when needed.

As one goes through photos, it is also notable that Live Photos and videos automatically play -- sans audio. If a series of Live Photos were shot within a second and a half of one another they will be strung together into a short video rather than playing individually.

The second tab -- For You -- will now show birthday highlights. If there is someone in the Contacts app with a birth date added and there are photos in the People gallery, on their birthday a special gallery will appear.

In the current beta it seems to be missing, but by the time iOS 13 is released there will be a new smart album for screen recordings. All of them will be visible in one spot just like screenshots and other media types.

Photo and video editing

For avid photographers, the new editing tools will really hit home.

Apple has completely revamped the editing interface within the iOS 13 Photos app. When editing a photo, users are immediately dropped into Adjust mode which is designated right at the top. The auto enhance magic wand is now located at the bottom rather than the top right corner, which is now home to the ellipsis for accessing plugins.

Photos app in iOS 13 has several new adjustments
Photos app in iOS 13 has several new adjustment types


Previously users had access to crop, filters, adjust, and plugins which is now three modes for adjust, filters, and crop. There are also a slew of new editing options. In iOS 12 there was access to: brilliance, exposure, highlights, shadows, brightness, contrast, black point, saturation, color contrast, cast, intensity, neutrals, tone, and grain. With iOS 13, there is now brilliance, highlighted, shadows, brightness, contrast, black point, saturation, vibrancy, warmth, tint, sharpness, definition, noise reduction, and vignette.

All these adjustments as well as filters have a intensity slider to make them stronger or weaker on the photos.

When cropping images, there are new options for flipping photos as well as for correcting perspective. It has also been newly laid out.

Videos can now be edited in iOS 13
Videos can now be edited in iOS 13


In a huge move for videographers, all of these tools are now available for videos. Clips can be adjusted (automatically or manually), cropped, flipped, perspective corrected, or tweaked with filters.

Customize how images and videos are shared with iOS 13 Share Sheet
Customize how images and videos are shared with the iOS 13 Share Sheet


Lastly, when sharing a photo or video via the Share Sheet there is a new button for "Options". This lets the user decide whether to say include location data as well as whether to send as a group of photos or via an iCloud link. When using AirDrop, there is also a preference for full original footage without compression.

More to come

Photos is becoming much easier to use with iOS 13 and packed to the gills with new features and enhancements. Stay tuned to AppleInsider for further deep dives into Apple's upcoming software update.

We will continue to test out iOS 13 as we get closer to release this fall alongside iPadOS, macOS 10.15 Catalina, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13.

Check out our other features regarding Apple's new updates:

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    tundraboytundraboy Posts: 1,620member
    "The user interface is largely unchanged, sans for a small icon tweak."

    "Sans" means "without" not "except".
    applericRobert Baumlorin schultzStrangeDaysn2itivguylolliver
  • Reply 2 of 11
    Robert BaumRobert Baum Posts: 5unconfirmed, member
    Alas Apple has once again left out a feature from macOS Photos, that the iPad needs if it is truly meant to replace a laptop.  Nowhere in iOS Photo can I see the titles I have given the photos on my Mac or, more importantly, title the photos on my iPad when I am away from my Mac while travelling.  

    Does anyone know of a solution or work-around?
    jdiamondlorin schultzwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 11
    ivanhivanh Posts: 372member
    Alas Apple has once again left out a feature from macOS Photos, that the iPad needs if it is truly meant to replace a laptop.  Nowhere in iOS Photo can I see the titles I have given the photos on my Mac or, more importantly, title the photos on my iPad when I am away from my Mac while travelling.  

    Does anyone know of a solution or work-around?
    Title, description and tags please.
    lorin schultzyoyo2222watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 11
    PLEASE ADD the ability to add modify Title, Description, Keyword to the IOS APP. I have 50K pictures at this point. It's impossible to keep track unless I am going back to my Mac and tagging everything periodically in the Mac OSX Photos Application.
    lorin schultzyoyo2222watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 11
    Is there an app on the App store that gives the ability to modify Title, Description, Keyword to photos in the IOS app?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 11
    ttollertonttollerton Posts: 195member
    tundraboy said:
    "The user interface is largely unchanged, sans for a small icon tweak."

    "Sans" means "without" not "except".

    edited July 5 StrangeDays
  • Reply 7 of 11
    yoyo2222yoyo2222 Posts: 120member
    Is there an app on the App store that gives the ability to modify Title, Description, Keyword to photos in the IOS app?
    I've looked and can't find anything. The closest I got is with the "Investigator" app. It shows metadata but not title, description or tag, which is what I'm interested in. I can't figure out why adding these bits of text this would be tough to program.
    edited July 5
  • Reply 8 of 11
    danvdrdanvdr Posts: 16member
    Any RAW capability?
  • Reply 9 of 11
    boboliciousbobolicious Posts: 593member
    danvdr said:
    Any RAW capability?
    One raw option:  https://www.shopmoment.com/moment-pro-camera-app

    I couldn't even get through the video - how did taking or looking at pictures get this complex?

    Is there a simple way to turn all the automation, AR, AI, tagging, iCloud and other 'features' off,
    especially the auto-stabilizer cropping for moving pictures which reduces the wide angle capability ?
  • Reply 10 of 11
    djfriardjfriar Posts: 12member
    I’m pretty certain Apple is going to leave me woefully disappointed again this year. These whiz bang features are cool, but they have completely ignored the basics:

    • Viewing and Editing metadata like name, description and keyword in iOS
    • Ability to use smart albums from iOS
    • Faces has become just about useless across both platforms. You can’t remove a face you don’t care about, it still will randomly create duplicates of the same person that you have to manually merge, and the limited amount of things you can do on iOS are horribly difficult and non-intuitive.
    • Ability to hide an image still hasn’t returned.
    • Still no map view on iOS.

    Apple needs to address this basic stuff before giving us smart videos and such.

    edited July 7
  • Reply 11 of 11
    Does the camera still say "You're not allowed to take pictures in portrait orientation unless there's a person in the frame"?
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