An Apple customer shared a story on Reddit about accidentally discovering that Live Photos include sound, and finding one that included his late grandmother’s laughter. After emailing Tim Cook to thank him, he got a response.
A Live Photo is an iPhone feature that takes an animated picture. The camera records what happens 1.5 seconds before and after you take the picture, resulting in a file that is half photo, half video.
In the Photos app Live Photos are automatically sorted into their own album, so they are easy to find. They also have a Live label on them. If your iPhone has 3D Touch, just 3D Touch the photo to animate it.
To take a Live Photo, open the iPhone’s camera and look for the circular icon in the top center of the screen. Then, just tap the shutter button as you normally would.
u/vini_1914 shared how he found this feature:
Last week my sister went home and we started sharing photos we had of [my grandma] and I got a few I didn´t had. I never have my phone volume on, but this day it was and as they all have iPhones, I 3D-Touched the photo to see the LivePhoto and that´s when it hit me that the LivePhoto’s have sounds.
He shared the story with Tim Cook, who responded that peoples’ stories like that are deeply inspiring.