Live Photos is one of the most interesting Apple photo features ever, and it's coming with iPhone 6S, which starts shipping this week. You simply shoot a photo as you always do, and the iPhone captures the second and a half before the shot and the second and a half after to create a combination JPEG and MOV that looks like a mini video. You can even set one as your wallpaper.
While we've seen some enticing examples of Live Photos, they do have several limitations. First, between the 12-megapixel camera and the 3-second images, these files will eat space on your phone. Second, you can't edit Live Photos or turn off the audio. Third, you can only see Live Photos on devices with Apple's latest operating systems: iOS 9, El Capitan, and WatchOS 2. If you try to import them into Yosemite's Photos app, the Live Photos will split into separate JPEG and MOV files, and if you email them to someone on a non-supported device, your friend will just get an unmoving JPEG. Which brings us to detraction No. 4: you cannot yet share Live Photos through third-party apps.
At its September 9 fall lineup event, Apple said that Live Photos will be shareable on Facebook. We contacted Facebook for more info, and a spokesperson said only: "We are excited to support Apple's new Live Photos in News Feed later this year." When we inquired about Facebook's photo-sharing app Instagram, the same spokesperson added, "Instagram has nothing to share at this time."
So we decided to reach out to other popular apps and ask if they are taking advantage of Live Photos functionality in a future update, and this is what we uncovered.