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Apple Makes Over Its iOS Photo App with Auto-Editing Features

Alyssa Bereznak
·National Correspondent, Technology

(Apple)

SAN FRANCISCO — In a series of updates to its iOS software, Apple announced a marriage between Photos and iCloud that will allow you to access every photo you take on all your devices. 

This new feature includes helpful search suggestions such as the locations where your photos were taken, photos snapped near your current location, and photos taken a year or a week from the current date.

In addition to including a more intuitive search, Apple has baked in a new photo viewer that allows you to immediately edit photos within the app, with smart controls that offer auto-straightening, cropping, and improvement of light and color. A “light meter” allows you to preview what your photo will look like as you brighten or darken it. Though this isn’t necessarily a new feature when it comes to photo apps, it’s nice to have it easily accessible.

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Apple exec Craig Federighi on stage at the Worldwide Developers Conference. (Getty Images)

These changes immediately update your content across all your devices. And you can also “favorite” a photo, which will file it to a separate list that allows you to easily access it on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

And to support all those home movies you take of your cat, this new system will allow you to store videos and access them in their original format in full resolution. 

These new improvements come with a price. New iCloud storage plans start at 5 GB for free, 20 GB for $1 a month, and 200 GB for $4 a month. Options run up to 1 TB, if you want to get hardcore about it.

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