I learned about this cool feature in iOS 16 today. If you want to crop a portion of an image out of a picture on your camera roll, you have a built-in tool to help you do it.
All you need do is open your camera roll, go to a picture, and then “long-press” the image you want to crop. Give it a couple of seconds, and you’ll see a white pulse animation extend to the edges of the image indicating that it has separated the image from the rest of the picture. From here you can copy the cropped image to your camera roll or attach it to a text or email.
Here is a quick example – this is a picture I took this morning in our break room of a box of Dunkin’ Donuts.
Pressing and holding my finger on a corner of the box in this picture, my iPhone recognized the shape and cropped it allowing me to copy as shown below.
I found that the technology isn’t 100% accurate, as you can see it included a small portion of the bottom left of the corner of the table. I also found that busier images will cause the phone to struggle and not crop anything at all.
Still, a pretty cool new feature.