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iOS 10 update will let you snap RAW photos

by Brandon Russell | June 14, 2016June 14, 2016 12:59 pm PDT

Apple made a concerted effort to talk about 10 big features hitting iOS 10 this fall, which means a lot of other big changes weren’t even mentioned. Did you know iOS 10 will allow users to delete stock apps? Now you do. Turns out, iOS 10 users will also be able to shoot RAW images, too.

While Apple didn’t mention the feature onstage at WWDC on Monday, it did show up in a slide shown off at the end of the presentation (along with a lot of other features). Alongside the ability to shoot RAW images, Apple is releasing a new AVCaptureOutput that will give third-party apps access to this feature along with the ability to snap Live Photos.

For most people, shooting RAW images isn’t a big deal, but for pro photographers who use an iPhone as a secondary camera, the option should give them more flexibility with shots. According to a WWDC session on Tuesday, the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, and 9.7-inch iPad Pro will support RAW image capture when iOS 10 is released this fall; there will also be an option for RAW + JPEG.

RAW is important because files contain minimally processed data, allowing for greater manipulation. JPEG files, meanwhile, are already compressed and record just 256 levels of brightness. Not that JPEG files don’t look good; they’re just not as flexible when editing with software such as Adobe Lightroom.

Of course, RAW will wreak havoc on your phone’s storage—files typically weigh around 30MB—which means you should probably stay away from Apple’s 16GB iPhones. Hopefully with increased emphasis on professional quality photo capture, Apple will eventually make 32GB the standard.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...