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What is Apple Live Photos and How Does it Work?

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16GB iPhone should stop being a thing.

We all know that a 16GB iPhone is not the actual storage available – you will only have about 12GB of available space, and that’s a problem if you like to store a lot of photos on your device, not to mention videos and other applications you have. Unfortunately, this problem will only get bigger as Apple’s new feature becomes available.

Apple Live Photos

Apple recently announced a new feature for the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus called “Live Photos.”The company did not mention if the feature will also be available to “older” devices like the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. However, the new feature can be viewed on devices that run the latest version of iOS.

How Does It Work?

Live Photos will work once it’s enabled. Whenever you take a photo and you “force touch” your device, it will also capture the motion and audio for a whole 3-second video when the photo is being taken. The device will capture 1.5 seconds before and 1.5 seconds after the photo. With this feature, the photo will turn into “living memories.”A photo captured by Live Photos is worth 12MB.

Doubles Space

While Live Photos is an interesting new format on how we capture moments, it is not in trouble. According to the website TechCrunch, the 3-second video that accompanies the photo will take up the size of a 12MP image so if you combine that with the actual photo itself, you will add another 12MP. That means, if you use Live Photos, you will also double the size of a typical photo.

Saving the Photos

As soon as you open your camera app and enable the Live icon at the top center, Live Photos will start recording your motion so it can capture the 1.5 seconds before you take a photo. However, according to Apple, although the camera has started recording the moment you opened your camera, it will only save the 3 second video once you tap the camera button. The pre-captured photos are not saved to your device.

Still Photos and Motion Format

Live Photos are separate entities that are tied to one another. You can save or send the still image to someone without including the motion format. However, the motion format can only be viewed from a device that runs iOS 9 or above.

Don’t get the 16GB iPhone

If you’re contemplating about buying the new iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus, make sure that you get one with bigger storage. Even though the 16GB phones are cheaper, you won’t get much from it, storage-wise.With this new Live Photos feature and other applications you will install on your device, you will only have a limited number of photos and videos to save. You might want to splurge on a 64GB iPhone instead so you don’t have to delete constantly photos and video from your phone so you can free some space for a new application.