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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