Apple's About to Take on Snapchat with Live iPhone Photos


Sending photos via text is so 2010. That's what Snapchat is for. But now, Apple is ready to get in on the instant photo game -- and no ellipses loading involved.

"Live photos" are just what they sound like: photos in live action that last 1.5 seconds. And according to 9to5 Mac, the ability to view live photos via iMessage on your Macbook is coming on OS X 10.11.4 beta. Before this update, you could only share and view live photos on iOS 9 compatible devices or with the help of Apple's photo app. But with the new software update, this won't be a problem.

It'll work like this: You'll take a photo on your iOS 9-compatible iPhone and then send it to your friend in an iMessage. Your friend will go, "Oh, look, a live photo!" if your friend is an overly enthusiastic person, and will be able to open it on a Macbook, and view the live photo in all its live glory.

When a live photo is received, it'll look like a normal photo, but with a special icon in the top left-hand corner. When you open the photo in preview, you'll see a button which you can click to view it in live action. However, if you try dragging and dropping the live photo on your desktop, it'll turn back to a normal image.

Of course, the new operating system is still in beta, so all of this is not yet available to the public. But, 9to5 reports it'll be released later this year.

Now that non-winking selfie just seems so pedestrian.

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Kara King is a News Writer at Thrillist and is gonna go take a live selfie real quick. Send news tips to and follow her at @karatillie.

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