Like the blur effect on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus? New app brings it to the iPhone 7 and older models

Like the blur effect on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus? New app brings it to the iPhone 7 and older models
If you own the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, you've probably fooled around with the Portrait mode. In combination with the dual-camera setup on the back of the device, this allows you to blur the background of certain pictures using the depth of field gimmicks available with the model. But suppose you own the Apple iPhone 7. There is only one camera on the back of the unit. You can't mess around with depth of field using just one camera, or can you?

A new app expected to launch any day now will not only offer the depth of field and bokeh effects to iPhone 7 users, it will work on models as old as the Apple iPhone 5s. The name of this app is FabFocus, and it isn't known yet whether this will be a paid or free app. Considering what FabFocus is supposed to be able to do, we'd be surprised if this were a freebie.

Using AI, the app uses facial recognition to keep people in the foreground in focus, while it blurs what the app believes to be the background of the photo. You can check out some examples of  how well FabFocus works by clicking on the slideshow at the bottom of this article.

source: SecondVerse via RedmondPie



1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Come on! You can do this with tilt shift on any image editing app...

10. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

It was in Xperia's for ages... BACKGROUND DEFOCUS... Poor ifans didn't had this feature in their self awarded "world's best camera"... LoL...

16. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Xperia!!! What is this? Phone? It always exits? Really?

24. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Heights of ignorance!!

26. phillip.phillip

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

"Didn't have"

27. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

You bunch of dumb asses it's called bokeh.

2. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Weak. Snapseed has far better tools for this.

18. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Does Snapseed have bokeh like defocusing tho?

3. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

A lot of phones already have this functionality.....

4. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Well , that's great news for the iPhone users

11. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

You think this is the first app in the AppStore to have this? It's just an app recommendation from PA. Some of you guys are so defensive and insecure.

25. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

I'm not even an apple fan. Take your trolling somewhere else

6. taz_chaz

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

the iPhone this the iphone that..oh give me a not against iphones im against that every little feature has been exaggerated to a tiresome point..pretty much all phones android ios do the same thing pretty much..

7. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016


8. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yet you guys all complain when every other article is about the Note 7? Some people are just never happy. Look down the main news page, there are positive and negative stories about most of the "big" phones and brands.

9. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

Yes we are never happy because Alan news are chains of note 7 news and iphone small article! Both im exaggerating manner even sourced from BGR :|

12. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Something tells me exploding phone news and a complete recall from Samsung isn't exaggerated.

17. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

Those were not exaggeration but 10 articles in a row? Praising every single small features in Iphone but bashing another vendor with such clickbait headlines are exaggerating, no? Except you have another idea of exaggerating and biased news.

21. 48Chevy

Posts: 73; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

I suppose PA could write about desirable devices such as the Alcatel Dawn, LG Lucky, or the Kyocera Hydro Reach, Unimax Patriot, et al, but, for some reason I don't feel that it would do much for their website's popularity nor will many readers be interested.

13. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

I like the blur effect when tim crooked is in action.

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

full-scale action blur without filter or post-processing... only on iPhone...

14. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Uneducated people do t realize that the bokeh affect is not just blurring the background. Yo can do that in photoshop. If you do research, you will realize that bokeh has a true depth of field. This means that the background has different levels of blur depending on how far you're away from the subject. This is where the telephoto lens comes in. Also, the telephoto lens is used for 2x opticle zoom.

23. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

for them DSLR depth of field could be replicated with their godly app called Snapseed..

19. snoppdogg

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 12, 2016

lens blur option on Google camera does the same.

20. kerginaldo17 unregistered

Galaxy S5 made this effect, called "selective focus".This 3/4 years before IPhone.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31313; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Who cares?!? The "who did it first" crap is played out.

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