iOS 14 Lets You Zoom Further Into Photos

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In the Photos app, there's an option to use pinch gestures to zoom in to photos to see details up close, and in iOS 14, Apple lets you zoom in further than ever before.

The image as taken, max zoom on iOS 13, and max zoom on iOS 14​

Zooming super far into iPhone photos doesn't always produce the clearest image, but it lets you inspect images more closely.

There have been tricks to zoom in further on images in the Photos app like using the rotate tool to unlock a zoom level not normally allowed, but in iOS 14, there's no need to use any trick to zoom in further.

For those who like to pixel peep at iPhone photos to see different elements of images, the new zooming options will be a welcome and convenient change. There's still a limit on zooming, so the rotate trick still works if you need to zoom in even further than iOS 14 allows. Further zoom will be entirely pixellated though, so most people shouldn't need to zoom in beyond what's permitted by default.

iOS 14 introduces some other changes for the Photos app, such as support for captions for the first time. A complete list of everything new in the Photos app can be found in our iOS 14 roundup, which also covers all of the other new features added in the update.

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Some are saying this is because higher megapixels count is coming to the iPhone 12 Pro.
"some are saying" gives me shivers (because it's become a favorite propaganda tool).

I agree that it probably has to do with allowing more pixel peeping for higher res sensors.

I just hope the sensors also get bigger, and not just more pixels.
 

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Really looking forward to apple making that exclusive FBI technology available to the general public.
With great power come great responsibility.
 

fbr$

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I'd like to save/export a still frame from a video as an image/photo in its original aspect ratio and original resolution. I'm using the Frame Grabber app to do it, but I'd like to do it right in the Photos app.
 
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caliguy

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Photos on iOS is basically unusable at this point. Search doesn't work at all. Syncing from macOS hasn't worked at all on large albums since Catalina was released. It's an unmitigated disaster.
I'd also add that the AI for Faces needs to be overhauled. It seems to have gotten worse since iPhoto.
 

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I hope the broken photo picker that appears in some apps has been improved/replaced. This is one of the more obnoxious things related to Photos on iOS. I have hundreds of albums in a hierarchy, but this particular photo picker shows all the albums in a flat list, making it impossible for me to find a specific one. They're also out of order.

If you've ever had to deal with it, you'll know what I'm talking about. It makes you want to throw your phone.
 
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ignatius345

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"some are saying" gives me shivers (because it's become a favorite propaganda tool).

I agree that it probably has to do with allowing more pixel peeping for higher res sensors.

I just hope the sensors also get bigger, and not just more pixels.
I think if the sensors get bigger, the lenses have to get bigger.
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I'd also add that the AI for Faces needs to be overhauled. It seems to have gotten worse since iPhoto.
I have had no end of trouble with that as well. At one point, I'd diligently tagged practically every phone I had -- and then it all got corrupted somehow and I got confused with my daughter. Her photos were tagged as me, mine as her. It was a MESS and I spent hours carefully untagging and retagging. I had to actually delete my own profile and create a new one called "me" because otherwise it would keep mis-tagging. Really not a great experience!
 

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Yeah, isn't the iPhone 12 rumored to have a 64mp sensor or something nuts like that? Probably why. Hopefully they bump the RAM because the photos app causes enough RAM clearing crashes on the iPhone 11 Pro as it is.
 

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This has actually been one of my pet peeves. I have never understood why there’s been a limit, and it has been really disturbing!
Good!
 

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I think if the sensors get bigger, the lenses have to get bigger.
Most likely, but more megapixels in the same area does little good (makes things worse, all else equal, unless you are very brightly lit). But apple did patent a bunch of stuff on using mirrors and prisms and such to bend the light and increase the distance between the lens and the sensor, so there are ways to do it.
 

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In the Photos app, there's an option to use pinch gestures to zoom in to photos to see details up close, and in iOS 14, Apple lets you zoom in further than ever before.



The image as taken, max zoom on iOS 13, and max zoom on iOS 14

Zooming super far into iPhone photos doesn't always produce the clearest image, but it lets you inspect images more closely.

There have been tricks to zoom in further on images in the Photos app like using the rotate tool to unlock a zoom level not normally allowed, but in iOS 14, there's no need to use any trick to zoom in further.

For those who like to pixel peep at iPhone photos to see different elements of images, the new zooming options will be a welcome and convenient change. There's still a limit on zooming, so the rotate trick still works if you need to zoom in even further than iOS 14 allows. Further zoom will be entirely pixellated though, so most people shouldn't need to zoom in beyond what's permitted by default.

iOS 14 introduces some other changes for the Photos app, such as support for captions for the first time. A complete list of everything new in the Photos app can be found in our iOS 14 roundup, which also covers all of the other new features added in the update.

Article Link: iOS 14 Lets You Zoom Further Into Photos
This is a bug feature that’s showing that the next iphone 12 pro / max will have optical zoom and hexa- amount of pixels compared to now.. cause that kind of zoom is something apple wouldn’t want they’re devices to have like this, cause the quality is bad.. but with 100+ megapixel sensors, this feature can be amazing
 

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"some are saying" gives me shivers (because it's become a favorite propaganda tool).

I agree that it probably has to do with allowing more pixel peeping for higher res sensors.

I just hope the sensors also get bigger, and not just more pixels.
It's also what one says when one read it but forgot where. *shrug*
 
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