When iOS 16 launches this fall, everyone is talking about their customized lock screen. But the real star feature of the update could be something that is used (and misused) by millions every day across social media and messaging – a built-in capability that can almost knock things out. Any Pictures
I just don’t mean you Own Pictures in your own library. No, it’s an extensive system-wide feature that can even pull content from images and files on the web in Safari. It’s not perfect with the occasional fuzzy edge or weird selection, but it can save a huge amount of time and be a lot of fun. Here’s how it works.
Find a photo and long press the subject
Find an image in the Photos, Safari or File app and long press on the subject you want to cut. It can be almost anything, as long as it is distinct from the background. People, animals, and virtually any object can be selected.
You will feel a slight haptic vibration when you long press to select the image. You can then point your finger and you’ll see a white outline revolve around it, including a popup menu (if you don’t see the popup menu, try tapping the subject again). This menu varies depending on the app – in the photo, it can only say “copy” and “share”.
In Safari, long press on an image does not select the subject but gives you options for what to do with the whole image: share, add to photo, copy and Copy subject. Select that last option to cut the subject and copy it to your clipboard.
Place the image wherever you want
Once your image has been copied, you can paste it as you would paste something into your clipboard. Open the message and tap on the message space, then select 7 Paste. Open the file, navigate to the desired folder, then long press on the empty space and select Paste.
But if you are good at multitasking, you don’t have to go through a copy-and-paste dance. In the Photos app or in your Camera Roll, or in the File app, you’ll notice that a long press on the contents of an image will cause a copy to “pop up” from the page while you’re holding your finger. You can now drag it around, and as long as you keep your finger on the screen, you can swipe to any other app using your other fingers, and drag and drop the cut to the right. Photo, place your finger on the subject of “lifting” and then swipe through the messages to drop it.
Apple uses these images and PNGs with transparent backgrounds, which can be convenient for those who want to do more creative things with them.
This is how macOS works on Ventura
As you might expect, it works with iPadOS 16 on your iPad. But it’s actually made on macOS Ventura too! In Safari or Photos, right-click any image (or tap the touchpad with two fingers) and select “Copy topic” to copy to your clipboard. If you use another application (or a different browser), save the image first, then use QuickLook (space bar) to open the image in Finder, then right-click and select Copy Subject.
You can then paste that image into any application that receives images like messages, mails or notes from your clipboard.
It even works on paused videos!
If you back up a video play in the Photos app, you can pause it and select the subject just as if it were a still image. It doesn’t work on every video on the web, though বিশেষ especially if it uses its own video player. The solution is to take a screenshot and then copy the contents of that image. This is an extra step or two, but it is a much more reliable method.