iOS will finally let you protect photos with Face ID or Touch ID

Yesterday, during the opening keynote of the WWDC conference , Apple presented its new operating systems, including iOS 16 . Among the most important novelties, there is an enriched lock screen, improved notifications, customizable concentration modes or even an update to iMessage, which will allow you to correct a message after it has been sent.


For those who have photos or videos to hide, Apple will also offer a new feature that will protect these photos or videos in a folder that will only be accessible with Face ID or Touch ID authentication.

This new feature is presented by Apple on the web page dedicated to iOS 16. On this new version of the operating system, hidden images as well as recently deleted images will only be accessible after authentication.


In other words, if someone has access to your iPhone, they won’t be able to see those hidden photos and videos unless you unlock them.

“Hidden and recently deleted albums are locked by default and can be unlocked using your iPhone’s authentication method: Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode”can we read on the Apple website.


As a reminder, on the current version of iOS, the user has the option of “hiding” photos and videos. However, if hidden content is more difficult to find, access is not protected by an authentication request.

iOS 16: Apple offers a new way to share photos

Regarding photos on iOS, Apple also announced a new feature called “Shared Photo Library” that will allow you to easily share memories with other users.

“With iCloud Shared Photo Library, families have a new way to easily share photos to a separate iCloud Library that can accommodate up to six members who can contribute content or just enjoy it. Users can choose to share existing photos from a personal photo library, or share photos associated with a date or containing specific people.explains the Cupertino company.


Besides that, Apple will also integrate a shortcut on the camera application to automatically share to these photo libraries, and make suggestions of photos to share (by tagging group members in the images).

With this novelty Apple offers a feature that should allow iCloud to be more competitive with Google’s service, Google Photos.

iOS 16: will soon be available in public beta

iOS 16 will probably launch in September, when the iPhone 14 will be official. In the meantime, this new version is already available in beta for developers. And Apple plans to launch a public beta next month, so you can check out what’s new (and help Apple fix bugs) before the official release.

Here is the list of smartphones compatible with iOS 16:

  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8Plus
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

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