Apple's own photo app has received some amazing updates in iOS 11, but does iOS 12 have what it takes to improve last year's photo enhancements? We Think That.
While there were eight new features for the Photos app in iOS 11, including many live photo enhancements (user-selectable thumbnails, cropping options, long exposures, etc.), GIF support and drag-and-drop -Drop capabilities, the new iOS 12 version of photos has some pretty game-changing features to look forward to.
Photos interface has not changed much since its big facelift in iOS 7, but it has greatly improved. The changes in iOS 12 have little effect on the user interface. So it's not an unpleasant experience to open photos right after installing iOS 1
2 on your iPhone. However, you benefit from new features, from finding photos in large libraries faster, to changing the way you share snapshots and videos with friends and family.
. 1 Memories & Shared is now "for you"
A small UI change in iOS 12's Photos app is that the Memories and Shared tabs are replaced by a single For You tab. This new tab contains reminders and shared album activities and offers some other goodies, as you'll soon see.
. 2 You'll now see suggestions on selected photos and effects
The new For You tab also offers helpful sharing options if you've been traveling, attending an event, hanging out with a friend, or doing other meaningful group activities. However, iCloud Photos must be enabled for this feature.
In the section Share Recommendations iOS determines which of your contacts will appear in the photos and videos, and then suggests you share the albums with them. You may be able to see multiple contact suggestions here and decide whether to send only to one, a handful, or anyone who recommends iOS for you.
You can also find these suggestions by clicking Swipe up in News in the new Photos app in the iMessage app Drawer. You can also manually share albums with your family and friends by manually selecting a group of pictures and videos in photos and then using the sharing sheet to select "Shared Albums" (formerly "iCloud Photo Sharing" in previous versions of iOS).
. 4 Now you have your own tab
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iOS 11 (top) vs. iOS 12 (below).
. 5 You're Getting Smart Search Suggestions
The search does not get its own tab, it has improved functionality. In the first place in the list of search improvements are intelligent suggestions. When you start typing in the search box, you'll see results immediately before you finish typing. These suggestions could be events, people, places and relative dates.
While you might receive text suggestions before, now you can actually see matching photos, moments, categories, memories, and places. And if you still can not find what you're looking for after entering your entire query, the search will suggest keywords that look like your input and help you find related content.
. 6 You can browse photos by location
There has been a bit of it in photos so far, but now you can search for photos and videos taken in a specific location or business, such as photos and videos. "Starbucks" or more generally "Coffee Shop."
. 7 You Can Find Photos by Event
It's not just places that have improved in search, you can now search for actual events such as "Sundance Film Festival" or "Oddities and Curiosities Expo" or more generally "Film Festival "or" Expo. "
8. Now you can search using multiple keywords
You can also narrow the search results for a search by adding a different keyword to the mix. For example, you might look for butterflies in a local park or for specific locations that are out there instead of indoors.
9. You get more import options
This option does not apply to you all, but if you import photos and videos from your DSLR, you can save them to Instagram, Snapchat, or other places. The import screen was changed slightly. For example, you can now choose which album to import photos and videos into, or even create a new album instead of just sending them to their general scrapbooks.
10th The Album tab has received some new tricks
In previous versions of the Photos app, when you viewed the Album tab, you saw all of the albums you created, the apps you created, and the album the Apple that you specified by default, such as "Places" and "Recently deleted."
Now, in iOS 12, see My Albums any third-party apps you create or People & Places section that shows two albums, one for each topic. However, there are no albums like "Live Photos", "Bursts" or "Screenshots" anymore. Instead, they are listed as quick links under a new media type heading. Below is a new Other Albums header that contains links to your import history, hidden images, and deleted files.
Other Important Photos-related Updates
The following new features are not specifically worth mentioning in the Photos app,
The Camera Button in News Just Opens Camera: For almost 10 years, the camera button has been double duty in messages, housing options to open both the camera and  View your photo library. Now it only opens the camera for new photos and videos.
There Are New Snapchat-Like Camera Effects in Messages: To add stickers, camera effects, etc. to your photos, you'll need to post earlier Access third-party apps like Instagram and Snapchat. Now in iOS 12, you can add crazy filters, effects, stickers, shapes, text, and more directly from the News app to your photos. However, there is one caveat: You can apply these camera effects only to photos taken with the Camera button in the News app, not to photos that are already in the Photos app. However, you can capture a new photo or video this way, and after you submit it in a news thread, you can save it to your Camera Roll album from there.
One thing that is currently missing in Photoshop for iPhone is the RAW support. Although you can import RAW files into the Photos app, you can only edit them on an iPad Pro. If you try to edit them on your iPhone, only the embedded JPEG version will be edited, not the actual RAW format. Hopefully that will change in the near future.
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