iOS 5 Features: Picture editing comes to Photos

iOS 5 Features: Picture editing comes to Photos

With iOS 5, Apple has moved the powerful CoreImage framework from OS X over to their mobile operating system, allowing the Photos app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad to do some basic image editing work. Now, by tapping on the edit button at the top right, you get access to several iPhoto-like tools:

  • Rotate, to turn your image in 90 degree increments
  • Auto-enhance, which waves a magic wand and tries to balance your image
  • Red-eye removal, so you can just say goodbye to flash-induced evil possession
  • Crop, which lets you cut away the parts of an image you don't want, and includes all the standard presets

As is the case with most built-in functions, it provides the basic set of tools but is by no means a feature complete photo editing app. Still, it's free, its bundled, and very many it will be good enough.

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stoneland says:

I'm really looking forward to this new feature. I don't do a ton of photo editing on my phone but I've always wanted the Camera app on the iPhone to have the option of cropping photos without having to resort to another app just for that function. This will be great!

Neil Dillon says:

Will probably remove my photoshop express app once iOS 5 is unleashed then, basically just use it for crop/rotate now on my phone and this will eliminate the middle man.

tuscanidream says:

How about a flip horizontal feature?!?! iPhone always messes up when using the front facing camera. The Mac can correct this, why not the iPhone?!

Matthew says:

I am running iOS5 beta 2 and this is no where to be found for sure.

Matthew says:

Bah never mind the noob that I am. Was looking at Camera and not photos. This is pretty impressive for what it is!

igorsky says:

Does "auto-enhance" feature replace the HDR feature in the camera? Seems like they do the same thing.

Chris says:

I assume they will work together

Chris says:

basic editing is ALWAYS nice.

Andrew P says:

Can you move photos around to different albums in Photos on iPad with iOS 5 ?
I heard some hints that this feature will be available but hope it is confirmed.
At the moment you can only do this in iTunes on PC or Mac ..

DeLeon Hughes says:

I think it's great that they did this. Especially cropping and rotating. Other photo apps that do more work won't be affected I think.

Fonzman1984 says:

It seems that this feature is not available on 3GS. At least not in ios5 beta 2

EagleyeSmith says:

I'm am so excited about this. I remember in iOS 4 beta when they had the rotate functionality but they removed it. Glad to see it, along w/the other great photo editing features, are coming in iOS 5. Whooo!

Gene says:

Will it sync the changes and update the orriginal stored on the PC?

Pbricejr says:

Nice, but where are the sepia/b&w options? My 2006 LG picture phone could do that.

Knives2100 says:

It sucks, i tried it, uploaded the picture in facebook but still in its original settings, and if u view it on ur phone it will show that it is edited..