With iOS 16 available for users with iPhone 8 or iPhone SE 2 and newer, there are many smaller features that users are already discovering.
A specific feature for me is found in the Photos app. There are times when we are taking so many images at once with our iPhone cameras that we forget to delete the duplicates, and they end up piling up.
Ever since iOS was released in 2007 with the original iPhone, it’s been a hassle to eliminate these duplicates, until now. There are also some new safeguards involving FaceID for certain albums.
With pre-orders for the Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro Live, these features can come in very handy when customers start using the enhanced cameras they both have.
I’m seeing double
As long as you are on iOS 16, go to the Photos app and scroll down until you see the duplicates album.
Inside here, you can merge or delete any photos or videos that iOS found, which will free up storage on your iPhone and iCloud account the further you look at this section.
So far, I’ve been able to easily merge and delete about 50 images, mostly from when I got married, so I’ve already saved myself a headache compared to iOS 15 or lower.
Beside that, however, the Hidden and recently deleted albums now require FaceID to be displayed, which can be useful for many. With so many images we send and receive to each other on messaging apps, alongside some that might be misunderstood by others, having that extra security measure will be heaven for some users.
Regardless, it’s great to finally see some features in Apple’s Photos app that have long been requested by many iPhone owners – myself included, especially with the iPhone 14 lineup set to launch with improved cameras this year.