Apple’s New Live Photos have just arrived on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. (http://www.apple.com/ios/photos/)
Essentially, the camera captures a couple of seconds of video before and after each photo, meaning that photos can have movement.
Remember those wonderful scenes in Harry Potter where the wizard newspaper photos move… expect that to start arriving in your Facebook news feed, desktop wallpapers and generally take over everywhere on the web within the next 6-12 months as everyone goes moving-photo mad. Will you look back in 2-3 years time at an old photo and wonder why it doesn’t move. Will our children find our static photos quirky, old-fashioned and boring?
No more static images, instead of a moment in time of a university graduate about to throw their hat up in the air, you will get to see them throwing it up, again…and again….and again! Essentially its a high-quality animated gif.
The problem with animated gif’s was always that they only had 256 colours, meaning that if you tried to use it with a colour image they ended up always looking grainy and un-natural. Once again Apple have come up with a completely new take on something that already existed and have improved it to make it fit in with the way people use their phones and devices.
Here it is explained in a great video by Mashable.