Free iPhone upgrade coming in days gives you mind-blowing photo trick

YOUR iPhone is about to get an amazing free upgrade – and photo fans will love it.

There’s a clever new Photos app trick built into the new iOS 16 update.


You can tap and hold on a photo subject to isolate itCredit: Apple
You can paste these cut-outs into other apps like Messages


You can paste these cut-outs into other apps like MessagesCredit: Apple

We’re expecting the iOS 16 software to roll out for free very soon – likely on Monday.

And one of the new features lets you isolate the subject of an iPhone photo, pull it out and even send it to pals.

It’s a fun way to create your own little icons or stickers.

The new feature works using Apple’s Visual Look Up, which uses machine learning to analyse images.

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“Visual Look Up takes photos further by introducing a new feature that allows users to tap and hold on the subject of an image to lift it from the background,” said Apple.

“And place it in apps like Messages.

“Visual Look Up also expands to recognise birds, insects, and statues.”

The feature won’t work until you install iOS 16.

So when is it out?

Last year’s iOS 15 landed on Monday, September 20 – just days before the official iPhone 13 launch on Friday, September 24.

This year we’re expecting the iPhone 14 to be revealed on September 7 at the Far Out Apple event, before releasing on Friday, September 16.

So we’ll likely see iOS 16 going live to the public on Monday, September 12.

Of course we can’t guarantee that date, but it seems most likely based on Apple’s previous rollouts.

We’d expect to see the new iOS update appearing in the evening for Brits – and the morning for Americans.

To update, you’ll need to go to Settings > General > Software Update.

Can I install iOS 16?

The sad reality is that not all iPhone models can upgrade to iOS 16.

You’ll need an iPhone 8 or later to get the new iOS 16.

That means two generations of iPhone have been cut off: the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7.

The 1st-generation iPhone SE also won’t be compatible with iOS 16, but was with iOS 15.5.

Here’s the full list of iOS 16 supported devices:

  • 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 8 Plus
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

If you’re using an older iPhone, you’ll simply need to upgrade to access iOS 16.

Otherwise you’ll miss out on the new features.

But more worryingly, not being able to get the latest iOS means you’ll lose access to the most up-to-date security fixes.

These are vital patches that close holes used by hackers to access your systems.

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So using a very old iPhone that can’t be updated could put you at risk.

If you can’t update to iOS 16, consider upgrading your iPhone sooner rather than later.

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