What you need to know
- The developers behind the popular camera app Halide have discovered unannounced iPad Pro capabilities.
- The new front-facing ultrawide camera can take some hugely impressive macro shots.
Apple's new M1 iPad Pro has been on sale for a week or so now and that's been plenty of time for the Halide developers to get their teeth into it. The group is normally known for diving into new iPhones to see what their fancy new cameras are capable of. But this was iPad Pro's time. And it turns out there's a pretty huge superpower hiding inside that M1-powered beast.
After testing the new iPad Pro, Halide's Sebastiaan de With penned a lengthy post explaining how its rear-facing cameras are identical to the outgoing 2020 iPad Pro, just as we thought. Around the front though, things begin to get interesting – because Apple's new ultrawide camera is capable of taking some stunning macro shots. And nobody knew about it until now.
The post also points out that while we might have initially thought that Apple has two cameras handling wide and ultrawide duties, it's actually using just the one. It's all about software magic, apparently.
Then, after resting the iPad on his leg, de With noticed that it was capable of focusing on the material of his clothes. So he set about taking some shots of flowers, his finger, and all sorts of things.
These are some hugely impressive shots, even before you remember they are taken with an iPad's front-facing camera.
Be sure to head over to the Halide blog for some more truly stunning images.
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