The iPhone XS didn’t boast of any major improvements in camera hardware, but Apple did make some significant changes to its software. For instance, people can now adjust depth control when they’re editing a photo after it’s been clicked.
It seems there’s another feature which Apple is planning and hasn’t announced yet. The company is going to let users adjust the depth of field while they’re taking a photo as well. TechCrunch mentioned this in its review of the iPhone XS. The firm later confirmed the option to German website Macerkopf.
iPhone XS Depth Control
Apple told the publication that a future iOS update will bring live depth control directly into the camera app when a person is taking a picture in Portrait Mode. It’ll appear in the form of a slider along the bottom of the screen. Sadly, it didn’t state which version of iOS will bundle the feature, just that it would be coming later this year.
People who are testing iOS 12.1 beta 1 at the moment say the depth adjusting tool is around, so users may not have to wait too long to try it out. It’s not exactly revolutionary, since plenty of Android phones already support this feature, but it’s still an interesting feature for iPhone photographers who previously didn’t have access to this pro option natively.
It seems only the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR will benefit from this change since depth control isn’t an option in older iPhones. This is a shame since the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 7 Plus all support bokeh effects.
iOS 12.1 has another bonus feature hidden within its depths – Group FaceTime. It was around in several iOS 12 betas before getting pulled. It’s now reappeared, raising hopes that a release is happening soon.