Apple s iOS 10 is undoubtedly an interesting and highly anticipated update to look forward to. The update brings a redesigned lock screen interface, new features to iMessage, revamped Apple Maps, improvements to Siri, Apple Music and more. While Apple announced some of the big features of iOS 10 at the WWDC 2016 conference, it didn t reveal all of them. One of these features is the support for capturing RAW images. Also Read - Apple adds UPI, RuPay, net banking on App Store: How to add new payment methodsAlso Read - Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' job application sold for over Rs 2.5 crore
Apple has always worked on the camera aspect of the iPhones to enable users capture great photos of their memorable moments. With iOS 10, the camera experience is set to get further push. Besides new camera app interface for the iPad, Apple will also be enabling RAW image capture in DNG (digital negative) format on compatible iPhones and iPads. While it is not clear if the option will be present in the default camera app, but third-party developers can use it if they want. Also Read - Apple iOS 15, iPadOS 15 beta 4 released: What’s new, how to download
For those unaware, RAW image files contain minimally processed data from the camera module. The RAW files are also larger in size compared to standard JPGs. For instance, while JPG image files weigh about 3MB to 5MB in size, a RAW file could generally be around 30MB to 40MB in size. So, if you have a compatible iPhone with 16GB of storage, you might want to stay away from capturing RAW photos to save space on your device.
RAW files in DNG format can offer greater editing abilities to make extreme changes to contrast, white balance and exposure among other settings. According to Apple page that details camera capabilities of iPhones and iPads, RAW capture support will come to handful of iOS devices Apple iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE and the iPad Pro 9.7-inch.
Interestingly, the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to receive a huge camera upgrade. The iPhone 7 Plus, in particular, is expected to get a dual camera setup. With even the current iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus having one of the best smartphone cameras, the addition of RAW shooting mode will be welcomed by photographers. It remains to be seen whether Apple also adds manual shooting modes when it launches the next generation iPhones.
It is important to note that RAW capture support already exists on Google s Android OS and on select Windows Phone 8 and Windows 10 Mobile smartphones. And Apple getting the feature on iOS 10 devices is good news for photography enthusiasts.