What you need to know
- iOS 15 users are reporting a massive change to photos in the latest beta.
- It seems that beta 4 includes a feature that removes Apple's famous 'green orb' lens flare from photos in post-processing.
A change spotted in iOS 15 appears to indicate that the most recent beta of Apple's new software for iPhone 12 and beyond can automatically remove Apple's famous 'green orb' lens flare from iPhone photos in post-processing.
Big news: the latest iOS 15 beta automatically removes the famous 'green orb' lens flares we are so used to on iPhones. Thoughts? https://t.co/l6OQ3vRVRR pic.twitter.com/4wtorXaZxtBig news: the latest iOS 15 beta automatically removes the famous 'green orb' lens flares we are so used to on iPhones. Thoughts? https://t.co/l6OQ3vRVRR pic.twitter.com/4wtorXaZxt— Halide (@halidecamera) August 4, 2021August 4, 2021
According to a user on reddit, Apple's iOS 15 camera app can remove lens flare from photos in post-processing, as seen in the side by side photos above. (Look above the trees to the sky on the left-hand side of the photo).
After one user raised the feature, another user replied "Well S***, you're right!", before noting a caveat that the feature doesn't seem to work on all textures like trees or through screens.
Users have noted that this feature isn't exclusive to the iPhone 12, with some stating it works on the iPhone XS too, suggesting it will work across Apple's range of devices. Comments indicate the feature doesn't seem to work for videos or live photos, only still images, and that there seems to be some sort of software judgment made on when to remove the flare:
Another user noting:
With iOS 15 Apple also debuted Portrait mode for FaceTime calls and Live Text, which uses your device's camera to scan for text and copy it.
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