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Apple to make its Photos app smarter in iOS 10

Apple's Photos app will gain a "Memories" tab in iOS 10 that can cluster images by people and places -- and create videos based on past events.

Apple's Craig Federighi explains all of the Photos app updates.

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At the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, highlighted a couple of key updates to the Photos app in iOS 10.

A new "Memories" tab will supply fresh doses of nostalgia by sorting through your shots and transforming them into micro-movies of old family vacations, weddings and more. Federighi demoed this on stage and it was reminiscent of Timehop and Facebook's "On this Day" feature -- a guaranteed way to get you thinking about the "good old days."

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All of this new functionality will be made possible by a software update that harnesses both facial and object recognition, allowing your mobile device to cluster images by people and scenes (like mountains and beaches), as well as by locations and dates. A beta version of iOS 10 will be available soon and it's "open to anyone with a valid Apple ID who accepts the Apple Beta Software Program Agreement during the sign-up process," so be sure to check back for our first impressions.

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