Hardware news Microsoft takes a step towards Apple with this Windows 11 feature
Published on 20/10/2022 at 12:40
Owners of an Apple iPad or iPhone who also have a PC running Windows 11 will, very soon, be able to take advantage of a new feature allowing them to better manage their photos.
Last week, Microsoft formalized its new range of Surface laptops for professionals. But other announcements were hiding in the company’s presentation, and some were for Windows 11.
The operating system, which has been available for a year now as an update to Windows 10, regularly expands with new features. And we must admit that one of the most recent to have been announced was somewhat unexpected.
Windows 11 Photos app compatible with Apple’s iCloud
Very soon, i.e. in one of the future Windows 11 updates, l’application Photos present within the operating system will allow owners of an iPhone or iPad to find the photos taken with their mobile device.
In other words, it will be possible to synchronize photos from an iPhone with Photos on Windows 11, which presents itself as a small revolution in the collaboration between Microsoft and Apple. Asked by Cnet, Microsoft says:
“We’re making it easier than ever for customers to access the photos on their iPhone and the Apple entertainment they love on their Xbox and Windows devices”
iCloud required to perform the operation on Windows 11
However, a small detail that is important: it will not be enough to connect your iPhone to your PC for it to be recognized and transmit its photos to the computer. To take advantage of this new feature, it will be necessary to use the version of iCloud intended for Windows.
Microsoft and Apple get along wellsince we also know that Apple Music and Apple TV will arrive very soon on Windows 11. Remember thatApple Music is already available on Xbox Series X and S consoles in the United States.
When will this Apple novelty be available on PCs running Windows 11?
The concrete deployment of the new version of Photos, compatible with the iPhone, should take place as part of the next Windows 11 update. However, members of the Windows Insider Program can benefit from it now in its beta version.
To get it, you have to go to Start > Settings > Windows Update on a market equipped with Windows 11, then choose the Beta channel to have access to the pre-release versions of new updates. By downloading the one currently available, you can try the experience without delay.provided you have iCloud for Windows installed on your machine.
As usual with betas, you have to expect potential bugs: this manipulation is therefore mainly intended for the most impatient users. Everyone should be served no later than next month.