Apart from its customizable lock screens and plenty of other interesting features, iOS 16 will let users edit a picture by separating the subject from the background.
With iOS16, you can tap and hold on a photo to separate a picture’s subject, like a person, from the background. And if you keep holding, you can then “lift” the cutout from the photo and drag it into another app to post, share or make a collage, for example.
This feature will let you lift that object out of a photo or PDF by doing nothing more than tapping and holding.
The new tool was first demonstrated by Robby Walker, Apple senior director of Siri Language and Technologies, who used it on a photo of a French bulldog. The dog was “cut out” of the photo and then dragged and dropped into the text field of a message. “It feels like magic,” Walker said.
Similar to this feature, on the iOS 16 lock screen, the photo editor separates the foreground subject from the background of the photo used for your wallpaper. This makes it so lock screen elements like the time and date can be layered behind the subject of your wallpaper but in front of the photo’s background.
The new tool is the result of an advanced machine-learning model, which is accelerated by core machine learning and Apple’s neural engine to perform 40 billion operations in a second.