iOS 12 reportedly brings a big improvement to the iPhone camera

iOS 12 reportedly brings a big improvement to the iPhone camera
iOS 12 is about to bring a big improvement to one particular aspect of the iPhone camera: Portrait Mode.

A recent post by Ben Sandofsky, the creator of popular manual iPhone camera app Halide, shows the massive change in accuracy of subject separation in iOS 12 and compares it to what the current iOS 11 version produces.

iOS 11 (left) vs iOS 12 (right) depth data

iOS 11 (left) vs iOS 12 (right) depth data


It's not clear whether Sandofsky refers to capture from the front or rear camera (it looks like the front camera), and whether this particular feature will make it to the official iPhone camera app, but it's still very impressive to see such an improvement with the same hardware. In particular, you can see that there is much more and much sharper detail in the image, compared to a rather blurry separation line in iOS 11.

Many users are also wondering whether this improvement could be applied retroactively, to portraits that were captured in the past (our bet is that this will not be possible, but that is just a guess). Whatever it is, color us intrigued and we're looking to find out more.

source: @sandofsky

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15 Comments

1. mikedemoda

Posts: 125; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

this got me so hyped up about the new iPhones coming next month

11. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

Same! Good to know that Apple is improving their edge detection for better bokeh and studio lights. I also heard that the bigger iPhone will support bigger sensor.

2. blkatfirstsight

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 05, 2018

iPhone's camera leaves so much to be desired when it comes to the most recent Android cameras. Apple needs to completely revamp their cameras as a whole.

3. Papa_Ji

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Today almost every android flagship takes better pics then iPhones.

4. whatev

Posts: 2117; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Did you take your pills? Go to bed now, you can’t be here

6. NateDiaz

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

I need what you're smoking.

7. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Beauty plus and saturated pics are better? Fugly!!!

10. apple-rulz

Posts: 1875; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

13. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Android fanboys have no argument against iPhones these days. All they know is to protect their copied low quality devices by yelling at Apple fans.

14. whatev

Posts: 2117; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Yes, their insecurity and low self esteem kill them from inside, imagine living like that, it must be hell on earth

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I thought Apple is bringing manual camera controls. Oh well, G'Day!

12. clarity

Posts: 49; Member since: Jun 19, 2017

It's already out for a long time with jailbreak or third party cameras

8. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Looking forward for x plus iphone this fall.

9. lallolu

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I guess dual/tri cameras are about to be a thing of the past.

15. NinoH

Posts: 128; Member since: Feb 09, 2018

I don’t know what are you people talking about.My iphone X camera is the best I’ve ever seen in a phone hands down.And I had the S7 edge and S8, before that Nexus 5x. The only phone I didn’t compare it to Pixel 2 XL and latest Huawei phones but there is always room for improvement off course.

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