Apple iPhone 11 may add night mode feature to rival Google's Night Sight

Apple iPhone 11 may add night mode feature to rival Google's Night Sight
Apple iPhone 11 & 11 Max CAD-based renders

Apple isn’t expected to make any major changes to the front of its upcoming flagships, but the next-gen iPhones are set to receive some pretty major cameras upgrades in terms of both hardware and software. Today, a potential new feature has been revealed. 

Night Mode for the camera that'll rival Google's Night Sight


According to tipster Max Weinbach who shared the information with YouTube channel EverythingApplePro, the Cupertino-based company is currently working on a new Night Mode for its iPhone camera app. The feature will reportedly turn on automatically when low-light conditions are detected, but a dedicated mode that’ll allow users to manually activate it could make the cut too.

Specific details about how Apple plans to achieve its improved photography results weren’t provided, but the feature will reportedly be on par with the best implementations currently available. Specifically, it’s said to be comparable to the Night Sight option offered by Google and the Night Mode feature available on Huawei’s most recent premium flagships. No specific launch timeline was provided for the feature, but Apple is said to be testing it on the upcoming iPhone 11 series, making a release this September alongside the new devices and the final version of iOS 13 extremely likely. 

Will it be on par or better than Google Night Sight?

Will it be on par or better than Google Night Sight?

It’s unclear at the moment if Apple’s Night Mode will be rolled out to previous-gen models such as the iPhone XS and iPhone XR. Presumably, the feature’s software will simply need to be adapted to the cameras found on older devices, as Google has done with Night Sight. Nevertheless, the possibility that Apple’s implementation will rely on a specific piece of camera hardware found on its 2019 flagships does also exist, so there’s certainly no guarantee at this point.

Apple has other hardware and software upgrades planned


If previous leaks are to be believed, the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max will feature a total of three 12-megapixel cameras on the rear, one of which will include a 2x telephoto zoom lens while another should boast 120-degree super-wide-angle alternative. The iPhone 11R, on the other hand, is expected to skip the wide-angle camera. 

Like last year’s models, the main sensor and telephoto camera will support optical image stabilization. However, despite attempts to do so, the super-wide-angle shooter found on the premium models isn’t set to do so. Apple, nevertheless, is reportedly continuing the concept’s development and should have it ready in time for 2020’s iPhone lineup.

Accompanying the new rear setups should once again be a quad-LED flash. This time around, though, the Cupertino giant is reportedly aiming to achieve a more advanced implementation that’ll be brighter and light up more surrounding area. Completing the photographic setup is set to be a huge upgrade to Apple’s image signal processor (ISP). What the upgrade entails hasn’t yet been revealed, but it should result in notably better images. Lastly, Apple is said to be preparing an improved Smart HDR feature that’ll be “better than anything Google or Samsung or Huawei have done before.”

iPhone 11 and 11 Max CAD-based renders

iPhone 11 and 11 Max CAD-based renders

On a related note, upgraded 12-megapixel selfie snappers are to be expected up front alongside an upgraded Face ID system that can be used from wider angles and shorter distances. Curiously, the latest Pixel 4 rumors suggest Google is also developing a 3D facial recognition system this year with hopes of it replacing the fingerprint scanner that it has used in the past. Very little is known about the feature at the moment, but it could potentially be on par with Apple's upgraded implementation or perhaps even better.

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33 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Can the photos look natural and not artificial like feom other phones night modes?

3. TBomb

Posts: 1181; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

night mode pictures tend to look pretty good given the fact the entire scene being pic'd is in minimal light.

11. User123456789

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Good, but not real. Sky cant be that blue at night. Not like ocean in daylight

19. TBomb

Posts: 1181; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I don't use night mode all that much. What I would really enjoy is Sky Mode where I can take pics of the stars and get some of the detail you see in those long exposure type of pics

4. iloveapps

Posts: 521; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

It will be natural as always. That’s apple, its not cheap android with auto beauty and filter effect.

8. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Love that natural yellow tint iPhone cameras always give! I want the people I photograph to look like they've got failing livers.

25. Vokilam

Posts: 1088; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Tedkord, there are quick edits to fix that if that’s what you prefer. You can set a certain exposure/hue/tone you prefer once and it will be that way every time you launch a camera. Go to Settings>Camera>Preserve Settings. Then fine tune your camera mode, exposure, light, tint, etc, inside camera app - and voila: every photo you take from now on will have the tone you like. It’s apples fault for hiding some settings in the the settings menu instead of in camera menu, but it’s your ignorance (or lack of knowledge about iOS) that makes you sound like an ignorant Apple hater. I’ve read your posts - I’m not calling you those things - but iOS isn’t as limited as anti-Apple herd makes you believe. Next time ask me or others.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You can edit a picture from any device, you can change settings on any device, that's meaningless. This is about the quality of the pictures as taken.

30. Vokilam

Posts: 1088; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Dude, every smartphone post-processes every photo you take. All I’m saying is the tint you see - is the way software is set up - and all I’m saying is - you can change that if you like.

10. User123456789

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Purple sky and blueish grass are natural? I better go back to Earth tho.

13. ssallen

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

A hell of a lot better than a useless blob of black!

24. oldskool50

Posts: 714; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Actually that was the iPhone with the auto beauty mode where it was softening skin tones and .among it look like you have on chalky makeup. What filter? N iPhones don't have filter what I don't understand about you is, how do you master other phones for doing rhi gs the iPhone does too?

2. TBomb

Posts: 1181; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Apple is going to have to take 2 steps with there night sight attempt. I imagine everyone is going to try and up their game this year so for Apple to keep up they'll need to up it x2.

16. kEaNu

Posts: 38; Member since: May 10, 2018

"We invest for the long term. We don’t feel an impatience to be first. It’s just not how we’re wired. Our thing is to be the best and to give the user something that really makes a difference in their lives. When you look back in time, the iPod was not the first MP3 player. The iPhone was not the first smartphone. The iPad was not the first tablet. I could go on. If you get caught up in the shiny thing du jour, you lose sight of the biggest forest." Apple CEO Tim Cook

20. TBomb

Posts: 1181; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

the nice, little, crafty quote from a CEO doesn't change the fact that apple will have to make sure to bring a version better than what we have available from other OEMs at this current point in time. All I was saying is Apple needs to bring a feature better than what you see on any device currently because everyone is going to be upping their offerings in this department.

32. kEaNu

Posts: 38; Member since: May 10, 2018

Thats the point, we saw it last year with SmartHDR ouperforming Google's HDR+, and we will see this year with the Night mode. Androids OEMS throw everything at the wall to see if it sticks, Apple doesnt release anything until the tecnology is mature enought. It's better to be the best than to be the first.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Translation: we wait for others to do the actual work then we copy it. It's what we've done since the GUI.

33. kEaNu

Posts: 38; Member since: May 10, 2018

Like the gesture UI in the Iphone X or the notch, right? dont make me laught please.

5. iloveapps

Posts: 521; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Always remember that when apples put features, its always 10x better than any android features.

7. joshuaswingle

Posts: 487; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I can't tell if you're being serious or not. But if you are, I disagree.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He lives in his own little apple shaped world, because the reality is just too painful for him.

18. Vokilam

Posts: 1088; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Pretty sure he’s a reverse troll. He’s actually an android fan pretending to be a rabid Apple fanatic.

22. Vancetastic

Posts: 805; Member since: May 17, 2017

That’s as good a theory as any. Surely no one could be as ridiculous as he is....?

15. chris2k5

Posts: 237; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

True. There were android phones that tried to do portrait mode (background blur) way before Apple but it wasn’t until Apple introduced it with iPhone 7 Plus that it was a game changer.

28. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If by game changer you mean introduced to a wider audience than were aware of it before, sure.

6. applesnapple93

Posts: 300; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

Rival? no Compete? Maybe

12. blingblingthing

Posts: 887; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Apple is really copying Google's features fast. Followed the Pixel's composite HDR and now night sight.

14. chris2k5

Posts: 237; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Google copied Apples gesture navigation among other things but who’s counting.

17. samgsam

Posts: 143; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Everyone copied MeeGo's gesture based UI but who's counting.

21. TBomb

Posts: 1181; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Everyone copies everyone because there is only a finite amount of ways to do something well.

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