The maker of arguably the most popular camera (the iPhone, that is) debuted upcoming additions to its mobile and desktop operating systems that will make seeing and sharing photos easier.
In a presentation demonstrating OS X Yosemite and iOS8, Apple showed off new cross-platform compatibility, as well as extended cloud-based image storage. Both operating systems will be free this Fall.
“With iPhone, people are taking more photos and videos than ever,” the company says. “As photo collections grow, so does the desire to store them all safely and still access them whenever and wherever. That’s where the new Photos app and the new iCloud Photo Library come in. You’re never without your camera. Now you’ll never be without your photos. Every photo and video you take now lives in iCloud — giving you the freedom to access your library from any device, anytime you want. So you can view a photo from last week or last year no matter where you are.”
While only 5GB of online storage will be free, Apple will be encouraging its customers to have every photo (“your precious memories”) stored in its iCloud, at a rate of $1 per month for 20GB, or $4 per month for 200GB. iCloud Photo Library will “automatically keep all your photos and videos in iCloud, at full resolution in their original formats, including RAW files. You can access and download them anytime from your iPhone…” The service can also reduce the file size of the display images left on the phone, freeing more space to hold a viewable version of all photos.
Organization, Edit, and Sync
The iCloud Photo Library keeps photos and videos organized into Moments, Collections, and Years across all devices.
When edits and enhancements are made on a photo on one device, they will be replicated and viewable across the library, on any device. Edits are nondestructive, “so you can always revert back to your original if you change your mind.”
New composition tools can automatically straighten horizons and provide “ideal” crops. Smart adjustments can modify overall light in a photo, adjusting exposure, brightness, contrast, and more.
Also new will be a time-lapse capture capability, “snapping photos at dynamically selected intervals.”
Apple also briefly demonstrated a unified photo application for its desktop OS X Yosemite, but said it will not debut until next year.