When Apple unveiled the iPhone XS and iPhone XR earlier this month, it highlighted the new Depth Control feature on the devices. The feature allowed users to change the amount of depth/blur effect applied to a photo after it was shot. Now, Apple seems to be working on improving this feature with iOS 12.1 by allowing users to change the depth effect while taking a picture.
The company has already added this feature for beta testing in iOS 12.1 beta 1 on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. While taking a Portrait photo, the Depth slider will show up thereby allowing one to adjust the amount of blur to be applied. There’s no word from Apple if this feature will make its way to the final version of iOS 12.1 but that’s most likely the case.
Users will also be able to edit the Depth effect of a photo after capturing it, something that they can already do on their iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max.
Many Android phones already offer the ability to change the intensity of the blur effect while capturing a photo or after taking it. Samsung first added this feature with their Galaxy Note 8 last year. Apple’s implementation, however, is slightly better as the intensity of the blur effect changes as it would in a DSLR — objects closer to the subject are blurred less compared to objects in the background. This is far better than Android devices which they simply increase/decrease the overall blur intensity.