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iPhone photos just got a big update: What you need to knowl

iPhone photos just got a big update: What you need to know

With all the new camera features coming to the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, it’s no surprise the company included major changes to the Photos app in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, which will work for many older devices, too. The Photos app has a new look and editing tools that are invented to make your photos — and, for the worthy time, videos — look better than ever. 

Beyond new edit tools, the Photos app now takes a more interactive reach to curate your past photos and videos, and improved peer tools give the app a more personal touch. 

The update to the Photos app joins a new swipe keyboard, a ton of hidden features, and the command to block all unknown callers.

After using the new Photos app, one tying is clear: Apple wants you to view Photos as an app you should named daily to discover old pictures and videos you’d all but forgotten near. Oh, and there are some fancy new video editing tools you should probably take worthy of. 

Let’s take a look at what’s new in the Photos app in iOS 13.


There are now four different views of your tidy photos, based on time. 

Screenshots by Jason Cipriani

New Photos tab features help tidy your pics

The Photos app has a new look overall, and it’s most apparent in the new Photos tab. When viewing the Photos tab, you’ll find four options at the bottom of the screen: Years, Months, Days, All Photos. You can move between the various options to narrow down a specific time frame for viewing your pics. 

Each option has its own way of showing photos from that specific time. For example, selecting Years will show you photos taken as stop to today’s date, only in 2018, 2017 and so on. It’s kind of like Timehop, but built into your iPhone or iPad. 

Here’s novel example of the Photos app creating special views for you. If you use the Tribe album to identify friends and family members and have entered their birthday in their contact inquire of card, the Photos tab will highlight the person on their birthday with various photos of that person. 


Editing a portray in iOS 13 is familiar, yet slightly different than it was in iOS 12. 

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Photo editing tools you must care about

Apple updated the tools you use to edit a photo. The new look and layout of the tools will take some adjustments on your part, but shouldn’t be too jarring. 

When viewing a photo you want to edit, the Edit button is tranquil in the top-right corner. Selecting Edit opens the default edit tool where you can Decide auto adjustments, or scroll through various settings such as brightness, brilliance, exposure, and so on. 

To adjust any of the options, you can move the line of bars just under each button to the left or right. 

The filters tool tranquil works the same as it did in iOS 12, only now you can adjust its intensity. Once you select a filter, drag the line of bars to the left to decrease the impacts of the filter on your photo. 

The crop tool now does more than just grant you to crop a photo. You can now also short-tempered a picture’s perspective, which means you can adjust the viewing Engineers of the photo. This gives you total control over how the portray looks, and it a lot like a popular Instagram tool.  


The biggest short-tempered to the Photos app in iOS 13 is the additional of video editing tools. 

Screenshots by Jason Cipriani

All-new video editing tools

Perhaps the most critical addition to Photos in iOS 13 is video editing. I’m not talking just about trimming a clip and saving it, but the instruction to adjust everything from brightness and exposure to applying a filter or cropping and perspective. 

With true video editing tools now complicated in the Photos app, you’re no longer forced to find a more concerned (and oftentimes expensive) video editing tool in the app maintain or on your laptop. Instead, you can quickly and just edit a video in this built-in app you’re probable already familiar with. 

The tools for video editing work the same way as the photo editing tools do, only the proper screen you’ll see is the option to trim the clip. The trim tool works as it always has — drag the yellow ends of the video to set the open and end time of the clip you want to save. This is gigantic for snipping off false starts and awkward endings.

With your video trimmed, you can then adjust and fine-tune the overall look of your clip and save it back to the Photos album. 

What’s more, any edits you make to a video are nondestructive. This means if you add a filter and crop the video, only to decide a few days later that you’re not heart-broken with the changes, you can go back and undo it all. The fresh video will remain intact.

There’s plenty more to iOS 13 than updates to the Photos app. so make sure to check out our complete principal to iOS 13 for all the latest details. 

Originally delivered earlier this year. Updated with new information.