Facebook for iOS Gaining Support for iPhone 6s Live Photos Starting Today

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Alive Is A Neat Little App To View, Edit And Share Your Live Photos.

The latest iPhones come with the ability to turn still images into video, but sharing options had been limited to other Apple apps. The technology giant announced that the Facebook app on Apple’s iOS operating system will now be able to “share and experience” the moving image, though only a small number of global users will be part of the initial rollout.

The feature is exclusive to pictures taken by the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus’ 12MP camera, but they can now be watched back on any device running iOS 9 or above, and now images hosted within Facebook’s iOS app. The technology, which is built into the camera of the current generation iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, captures the one second of movement either side of a photo being taken on the device, and then creates a short animation – with audio – that appears when users press and hold on the still photo. The Live Photos mode is automatically turned on each time you open the camera, and a small yellow box reading Live appears on screen while you take your picture as you would normally. Mac computer users running OS X El Capitan – the latest version of Apple’s desktop software – are also able to view Live Photos on their computers.

For instance, you can snap a shot of your kid blowing out birthday candles — and get video showing the flame going out as everyone sings “Happy Birthday.” The phone automatically records video in the background when the camera app is open. According to statistics from November, more than 1.39 billion people now use Facebook on a mobile device, and it’s estimated that nearly 36,000 images are uploaded to the site every minute. Scrolling through pictures in the Photos app triggers a brief burst of movement to remind you it’s a Live Photo, rather than a standard still image.

You’ll have to tap that box manually with each Live Photo, and with good reason: once enabled on your iPhone, Live Photos are created with little to no thought on your part. Add in the fact that Live Photos include 1.5 seconds of video and audio from before/after the instant you hit that shutter button, and it’s easy to imagine a scenario where you unwittingly capture something you… maybe don’t want to make public. In the bottom right of each, however, will be a set of concentric circles — the same icon that Apple uses to indicate the “Live Photo” toggle within the camera UI (see the top-most right image for an example).

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