iOS 13 supercharges photo and video editing

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iOS 13 photo features
Browsing and organizing your photos will be easier with iOS 13.
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WWDC 2019 bug Photographers and filmmakers eagerly awaiting the next generation of iPhone camera got a preview today of the software that will drive it when iOS 13 launches this fall.

iPhone shooters will be treated to a new editing interface that removes camera roll clutter, like screenshots, offers easier organization and browsing, and brings fine-tune editing for brilliance, highlight, noise reduction and sharpness.

Videographers for the first time will be able to rotate footage on the device.

Apple apparently got the message from the “Beautygate” flap that surfaced after the release of the iPhone XS and XS Max. Users complained about a selfie camera that seemed to automatically filter flaws by making changes to skin color and texture

Apple did not create a so-called beauty filter but it did reportedly dial back the camera’s noise reduction powers in an iOS update to quiet the complaints.

With iOS 13, Portrait Lighting will give control to the user with adjustments for subtle changes to brightness and texture of skin. There is also a new High-Key effect for a monochromatic styling for Portrait mode photos.

Apple will introduce a new line of iPhones in the fall, the most advanced of which is rumored to have three back-facing cameras.

With great cameras and features in flagship smartphones from Google, Huawei and Samsung, tech and photo news sites questioned whether Apple was falling behind in the mobile photography space it has dominated for so long.

iOS 13 offers some promise that Apple remains committed to pushing the reach of the iPhone camera and software.