Photos in iOS 12: Everything you need to know!

The Photos app is a repository for all the pictures and videos you shoot or save with your iPhone or iPad. Not only can you use the Photos app to organize and find those special moments and memories you've captured, but you can use it to share them directly, through social networks, on the big screen, as prints, and more.

iOS 12 introduces a few new features to the Photos app that will help your photo collection feel more complete. Here's a breakdown of all the changes coming to Photos in iOS 12.

For You tab

The Photos app in iOs 12 is getting a new tab, called For You, which will not only help you share your photos with friends, family, or on social media but help you find the images you want to see by putting all your favorite moments in one place, combining Memories and iCloud Shared Albums.

The search feature in Photos is getting a boost in performance, making it easier to find most relevant photos from events, people, or places. Plus, search in iOS 12 will let users combine multiple search terms to find just the right photos.

The For You tab will also feature a new sharing suggestions feature, which will make sharing photos a breeze. Not only can you send photos to your friends, but they will also be prompted to send back any photos they have that are from the same event, time, or location, meaning your vacation photo album can truly be complete. Plus, Photos shared this way are passed on in full resolution, so no worries about fuzzy pixels.

Oh, one more thing, the For You tab will also highlight photos you took on a particular date in the previous year, suggest you try out a different lighting effect on your portrait photos or a different effect on your live photos.

Everything about WWDC 2020
○ WWDC 2020 remote lineup
Download the Apple Developer app (opens in new tab)
iOS/iPadOS 14
○ macOS 10.16
watchOS 7
tvOS 14
Discussion forums

Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 

Luke knows he spends more time on Twitter than he probably should, so feel free to follow him or give him a shout on social media @LukeFilipowicz.

  • only Apple users like me can understand the benefit of using Iphones, I am the proud user of Apple.
  • Buy an iPad Pro to edit the RAW photos your phone takes. Amazing sales pitch. Waiting on the next note, but I'm pretty sure I'm at my wit's end with these lackluster updates. No use buying "great hardware" when you spend all of your time fighting with the software in frustration.
  • Great! Another ML/AI feature I will detest along with the same thing on AppleMusic! Too bad GPlay Music doesn't work with Carplay...
  • Why do you detest it? I admit I think Apple should be focused on some more basic issues, but the ML/AI stuff in Photos is pretty useful at time. Being able to just search for Beach and it magically pull everything up that was taken at a beach is pretty nifty.
  • Can you finally remove a face tag you don't care about? Can you sort the people list automatically by name, or do you still have to manually do it? Can you sync a smart album over from Mac to iOS? These things matter so much more than a new For You tab.
  • I hate to be that curmudgeon that hates "progress” but in my opinion, Photos is worse in iOS 12. I love sharing photos with my family through shared albums and now when I see that notification badge on the Photos app that there has been new activity on a shared album, I have to dig down several levels to get to the photo that has a comment or like. There's no obvious sign which photo or even which album has the comment.