While the iPhone has long been able to identify people in photos and put them all together in the Photos app, pets haven’t been part of that equation. However, with the arrival of iOS 17 later this year, that’s all going to change for the better.
The iOS 17 update was announced during the WWDC 2023 event on June 5 and it brings with it plenty of improvements. One of those improvements hasn’t had the attention that it deserves, however, and that’s the fact that the “People” album is now called “People and Pets”.
The Photos app will suggest collections of photos that feature the same pet more than twice, according to a MacRumors report. From there, users can train the Photos app to recognize that pet more and more by confirming whether specific photos include them, or not.
According to MacRumors’ testing, it seems the feature is currently surprisingly accurate despite this being the first developer beta of iOS 17.
The pet recognition feature seems to be accurate, and it is able to tell pets apart that have the same coloration. It was able to distinguish between two white cats, two orange cats, and two tabby cats with no issues and no mistakes.
The iOS 17 update is expected to go through months of betas before being released to everyone. If Apple follows its previous pattern we can expect the iOS 17 update to be made available to the public in September, likely alongside the iPhone 15 devices.