One of the many new features arriving with the debut of the iPhone 6S (and 6S Plus) is what Apple’s calling Live Photos, a mode that effectively captures all your pictures as short video clips, adding sound and animation. Sure, we’ve seen similar efforts from plenty of other smartphone makers already, but we’re still anxious to five Apple’s implementation a spin. But is there cause to be a little worried about what the combination of larger 12MP photos, this Live Photos animation system, and the return of the 16GB storage option add up to mean for just how many pics you can hope to capture (locally, at least)? A new report offers some early insight into just how large these Live Photos threaten to be.
The good news: while Live Photos will understandably generate large files than traditional still pics, it doesn’t appear that we’re looking at runaway file sizes. We haven’t heard any hard numbers just yet, but supposedly images taken with Live Photos enabled will be roughly twice as large as regular still 12MP shots.
Granted, that cuts your picture-taking capacity in half, but it could have been a lot worse; we’re looking at more than two frames of animation in these Live Photos, so file size isn’t coming any close to scaling directly with the number of frames involved (to say nothing of audio). And while we’d certainly expect some level of delta compression, it’s good to hear spelled out like this just what impact the feature should have on file sizes.
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