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Though Apple is keeping the 16 GB model for their upcoming iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, the company may have just shot itself in the foot with a brand new feature coming to each – Live Photos.

Live Photos, in theory, are a pretty cool idea. And according to Apple, despite the images acting like videos, they are still images and they’ve been optimised to take up little space. However, that might not be the case as TechCruch has discovered that they actually take up a lot more space than you’d expect.

Many already think the 16GB storage option on smartphones is already past its time, so it was a surprise to see Apple cling on to it with their new devices. Especially considering the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus both have 12-megapixel cameras. So to throw something else in the mix and keeping the 16GB model, is a bit questionable.

Apple has yet to release official details of the Live Photos, but at the company’s event earlier this week TechCrunch’s Matthew Panzarino reveals in a video that the new Live Photo format will take up around twice the space of a normal 12-megapixel photo.

Annoyingly, the Live Photo mode is on by default, so for those who opt for the smaller memory will quickly fill up their storage unless they disable the feature. Of course, Live Photos will only be compatible with Apple products at launch, and the images will be otherwise treated as a standard JPEG image, so right now, I’d probably avoid from having the feature on until it’s more widely adopted – something Facebook has already said they’re working on within their iOS app.

The two new iPhones are set to launch on September 25.

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