Check out this new Live Photo feature on iOS 9.3

Live Photos are fun to share, but sometimes you just want the still photo. iOS 9.3 makes it possible to keep both.

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With the release of iOS 9.3, your device is receiving an update that brings security improvements and new features.

There's the addition of Night Shift, a feature that makes viewing your device at night easier on your eyes and brain. Then there's the ability to password-protect private notes in Apple's Notes app.

Another new feature unearthed in the upcoming update is the ability to create a high-resolution photo from a Live Photo.

Live Photos were introduced in September alongside the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Essentially, when a user takes a photo, the iPhone will record a small video clip both before and after the shutter button was pressed. The end result is a photo that comes to life, so to speak, when viewed.

Until now, in order to save just the still image from the photo, you had to disable the live photo portion. Meaning, you had to pick -- either it's a live photo or a still photo.

With iOS 9.3, you can have both! Here's how:

Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
  • Tap the Share button when viewing a Live Photo in the Photos app.
  • Scroll through the icons on the bottom row of the Share sheet until you find Duplicate, then select it.
  • A prompt will come up, where you can then select Duplicate as Still Photo.

Your iPhone will then create a copy of the photo, which you can then edit or share without fear of losing the Live Photo.

Editors' Note: This post was originally published on January 22, 2016. It has been updated to reflect iOS 9.3's general availability.

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