Onstage at the Worldwide Developers Conference today, Apple's Craig Federighi announced that, in addition to other improvements brought by iOS 10, Photos is getting a major update that aims to make the app even more powerful and personal. The new features appear to be Apple's answer to Google Photos, but with Apple's polish and commitment to security. Among the features Federighi demonstrated was facial recognition. The new Photos app will be able to identify the faces of family and friends across your photo library, letting you find them easily. Federighi said that 11 billion computations per photo.
When Google Photos launched two years ago, I installed it for one very simple reason: to backup all of my photos and videos to the cloud. It was a second home screen app on my iPhone, not yet worthy of being on my main home screen with Apple Photos. I'm not sure when it happened, but it did. And lately as I've fallen more in love with its growing features and intelligence, I've been wondering why I even need two photos apps on my home screen. One is enough and I'm finally ready to make it my default photos app.
A smart oven that does the thinking for you, a new product from Apple that costs $300 and doesn't even have a touchscreen, and DJI's duo of upgraded drones that are tailored for filmographers. We're halfway through, folks, you've got this. Apple has announced a new photo book that "chronicles 20 years of Apple design." Yes, the clue is in the title. Dedicated to the memory of co-founder Steve Jobs, it features 450 photos of gadgets past and present, shot by famed photographer Andrew Zuckerman.
Apple launched a new feature that lets users transfer the photos and videos in iCloud Photos to Google Photos. The photos and videos must be associated with the user's Apple ID. The transfer takes between three to seven days while Apple verifies that the request was made by the user, and then completes the transfer. Smart Albums, Live Photos, some RAW files and other formats may not be available to transfer to Google Photos. More information about what data is transferred – and how the transfer works – can be found on Apple's support page.