With iOS 16 available to users with iPhone 8 or iPhone SE 2 and newer, there are plenty of smaller features that users are already discovering.
A feature specific to me is found in the Photos app. There are times when we take so many photos at once with our iPhone cameras that we forget to delete the duplicate photos, and eventually they pile up.
Ever since iOS launched in 2007 with the original iPhone, getting rid of these duplicates has been a hassle until now. There are also some new protections with FaceID for certain albums.
With pre-orders for the Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro live, these features could be very useful as customers start using the upgraded cameras that both have.
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As long as you are using iOS 16, go to the Photos app and scroll down until you see the Duplicates album.
Within this, you can merge or delete any photos or videos that iOS has found, freeing up storage space on your iPhone and iCloud account the more you look into this section.
So far, I’ve managed to easily merge and delete about 50 images, mostly from when I got married, so I’ve already saved myself a headache compared to if I was still on iOS 15 or lower.
In addition, however, the Hidden and Recently deleted albums now require FaceID to be displayed, which can be helpful to many. With so many images we send and receive to each other through messaging apps, in addition to some that might be misunderstood by others, having this extra security measure will be a haven for some users.
Anyway, it’s great to finally see some of the features in Apple’s Photos app that many iPhone owners have long asked for — myself included, especially with the iPhone 14 line launching this year with improved cameras.