iPad and iOS 5: Quick Photo Editing Works Well

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In iOS 5 (which is expected to be released to the public in the next several weeks) the iPad Photos app gets a number of notable improvements, including the ability to create new albums right on the iPad itself.

Another nice new feature is the ability to do some quick photo editing in the Photos app.

You can rotate images, use auto-enhance, and remove red-eye with just a few quick taps. So, for instance, if you have a photo of the Yo Gabba Gabba ‘cast’ you can easily rotate it upside down to prove that they look no more bizarre than usual.

You can also crop images easily within the Photos app.

To do any of these things you simply open an image and tap on the Edit button – then rotate, enhance, remove red-eye, and crop to your heart’s content.

I’ve been trying these editing options out over recent weeks and they work well. The crop tool is especially smooth to work with. There are a number of very good 3rd party apps for the iPad that do these things better and offer a far wider range of editing tools and options – but for those who prefer not to have to buy 3rd party apps for this purpose, or whose needs are met by the new built-in editing features, this should be a very popular new capability that will get lots of use.

Patrick Jordan

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6 thoughts on “iPad and iOS 5: Quick Photo Editing Works Well”

  1. The photo edit feature seems to be removed from the iPad 1. You can still create and manage your albums, but there’s no EDIT button when you open a photo.

  2. Bummer that ou cant edit on ipad 1 would be nice to be able to crop and edit pics, dont see any reason why they couldnt include that capability :(

  3. I agree guys – think it’s daft that you cannot do this on the original iPad. I’ve heard the reason is that it doesn’t have a camera, but I don’t feel that’s a good reason. Plan on posting about this tomorrow.

  4. No iOS 5 photo editing on the iPad 1 because it doesn’t have a camera? That’s retarded. What about screen captures? What about images received via email? What about images imported via the $29 Apple Camera Connection Kit? The number of iOS 5 features left out of the iPad is starting to get really annoying. For instance, the long awaited notifications feature is missing both the weather and stocks widgets.

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