Apple Introduces Moving 'Live Photos' for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today announced a new feature for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus called "Live Photos," allowing users to use the new 3D Touch feature on the iPhone to see quick, GIF-like movements in photos they have taken. The Live Photos feature is reminiscent of the fantastical moving photos featured in the Harry Potter movie, allowing users to see short bits of animation in their images.

    Apple emphasized that Live Photos are not video, they're photos taken with all of the same high-quality camera capabilities brought to the new generation of iPhone, but they include an extra 1.5 seconds of footage at the beginning and the end of the photo to enable the mini animations. These animations are displayed when force pressing on a photo and when scrolling through photos in the Camera Roll.


    According to Apple, Live Photos will be able to be viewed on the entire line-up of the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and even Apple Watch line. Users will even be able to use the new feature to set up Live Photos as a lock screen on iPhone, and even use the feature to make custom motion wallpapers for the Apple Watch. With a Live Photo as an Apple Watch face, it'll animate each time you raise your wrist to look at the time.

    Article Link: Apple Introduces Moving 'Live Photos' for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
  2. ZacNicholson macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2011
    now my nudes will look even weirder.. no one wants to see the fluffing part of a nude..
  3. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    It will be interesting to see how much more memory these new live photos take.
  4. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2012
    Gotta love a good old novelty feature
  5. Macs4u macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2008
    Stoke on Trent
    Yet Apple Sue and dog anybody who pinches one of their ideas!!! Microsoft have had this feature for a long time on their lumia camera.
  6. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
    Frankfurt, Germany
  7. mdridwan47 macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2014
  8. Protan macrumors newbie


    Sep 9, 2015
    I dont see why this feature isn't extended to iPhone 6 or other iPhones. Why can't my camera take a "little video" as a picture?
  9. Mac Fly (film) macrumors 65816

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
    Just one more way for you to give us 99c more per month.
  10. _Refurbished_ macrumors 68000


    Mar 23, 2007
  11. Glassed Silver macrumors 68020

    Glassed Silver

    Mar 10, 2007
    Kassel, Germany
    You know why it "can't". ( ͡~ ͜ʖ ͡°)

    Glassed Silver:mac
  12. BJMRamage macrumors 68020


    Oct 2, 2007
    can they work on AppleTV...for images/wallpapers or whatever they showed off?
  13. Analog Kid macrumors 601

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
  14. Chad-VI macrumors 6502


    Mar 31, 2014
    So does that mean that all motion wallpapers are 6S exclusive? Or just the one you shoot with your iPhone? The fish ones seem to be part of iOS9 since they didn't say anything about them.
  15. Analog Kid macrumors 601

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    I'll have to look again when they post the video, but the battery in the flyover was listed with fewer mAh than the current 6.

    Couldn't see voltage or the Whr rating, but I presume the cell voltage is the same. I also don't know the power draw. And it was a graphic, so no idea if it's accurate.

    So, basically I have no information. I was just proud of myself for looking at the component values in the video and thought I'd share.
  16. DrewDaHilp1 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2009
    All Your Memes Are Belong to US
    This plus 4K video makes me really want the S version.
  17. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    wait, so now every single photo you take with your iPhone will actually be a 3 second video??? Not sure I like that.

    How does that affect storage size? How does that affect battery life? What's the quality of the "video"? Can you view the "video" on anything else besides your iPhone? Once transfered to your Mac/iPad/anywhere will it truly be reduced to a static image (and all associated size reductions that go with it)?
  18. manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    It's on by default but you can switch it off.
    The question of file size is probably the most interesting one. I wouldn't worry about battery life too much, just using the iPhone as the viewfinder reads the sensor and plays the video stream of it. I'd say at that moment showing this 'viewfinder video' on the screen is the major energy consumer. This adds compressing the video in the background (so it has the past 1.5 seconds stored) and writing that to disk, though maybe it can do all this in memory.

    Maybe the article was updated after you posted your comment but it now reads:
    "Live Photos will be able to be viewed on the entire line-up of the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and even Apple Watch line."
    This was also mentioned during the keynote.
  19. iReality85 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2008
    Upstate NY
  20. Jmausmuc macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2014
    This should be used in a dictionary.
    It's the very definition of a gimmick. Nothing else ever came close except for maybe will-I-am's iPhone acessory.
  21. AskMcG macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2014
    You clearly have a problem with that beings you posted it three times :-D

    By default, yes, every image will be an image with a "3 second video", if you send it to someone without a 6s/6s Plus they will get it as an image, but, there is the option to turn it off... in face when he first mentioned it he stated "it is on by default" which means you can turn it off if you do not want it.
  22. Northgrove macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2010
    The display is of the same size and resolution, and that one is among the most power consuming parts of a phone. I think the difference is so small either way that it wasn't worth mentioning.
  23. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Yes, lots of other cameras/devices have been able to do this for years - it's a fun gimmick to use occasionally. Not "keynote-focus-worthy," but a nice add.
  24. acearchie macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006
    With the rise of apps like Giphy Cam and facebook support coming before the end of the year I think you will find this catching on amongst the younger generation.
  25. QuarterSwede, Sep 9, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2015

    QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    As a father of three young kids this is the type of gimmick that I would use and compel me to upgrade. Hate to say it but it's true.

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