iOS 9 beta 3 adds new albums to Photos app


iPhone photographers will gain minor improvements to the camera roll with the iOS 9 update coming this fall. The latest beta release features two new Albums that are built-in to the stock Photos app. Alongside the familiar folders such as Panoramas, Videos and Bursts there are now categories labeled Screenshots and Selfies. The first addition pulls any iPhone screenshots into a separate folder, making it easy to browse or delete these captures independently from other photos. Screenshots contain a freeze frame of anything displayed on the iPhone, and are currently mixed in with other photos. All iPhones can be used to take screenshots with a simple button press combination detailed here.

The second folder titled Selfies will peel away images shot with the front-facing camera. This feature will quickly organize lower resolution photos that utilize the FaceTime camera into one Album, separating them from captures taken with the back camera. Apple has recently launched the public iOS 9 beta via the Apple Beta Software Program, which gives early adopters an opportunity to use iOS 9 ahead of its fall release.

The new default folders are accessible from the Albums tab in the stock Photos app. Viewing the Photos tab will show all of the images organized by Moments, Collections, and Years, which brings screenshots and selfies back into chronological order alongside everything else. Images taken by the iPhone 6 camera from users around the world are featured in the Apple World Gallery. The associated advertising campaign won a grand prize at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity this year.