The Photonic Engine is an image processing system that launched on the iPhone 14 series to significantly improve low-light iPhone photography. With the Photonic Engine, Apple seeks to deliver brighter colors and detailed textures in situations without much light.
Several new features have been added to the Photos app with the launch of iOS 16. In addition to the new Shared iCloud Photo Library, Photos gets an automatic duplicate image finder that can help eliminate redundant photos taking up space. Automated background removal makes it possible to quickly cut out the subject of a picture. On top of all these improvements, Apple has added a way to batch edit multiple photos at the same time.
Instagram has restored its chronological feed. Users can select this sorting option after launching the app, which places the most recent posts first in line. Until 2016 this was the default setting, but since then an algorithmically ranked feed is displayed in the Home tab. The time-sorted feed must be selected every time the app is re-opened.
There was a time when the metadata stored with photos on the iPhone was hidden. Only special apps or post-processing made it possible to view or edit the so-called EXIF data on a photo. Besides recording the resolution, file size, lens information, and date of the photo, other data such as the location where the photo was taken can be stored.