iOS 15.2 beta 3 again tweaks iPhone 13 Pro's macro photo toggle situation

Iphone 13 Pro Sierra Blue Hero
Iphone 13 Pro Sierra Blue Hero (Image credit: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple made iOS 15.2 beta 3 available today.
  • A re-tooled Settings toggle now enables and disables a manual button that lives inside the Camera app.

Apple's new iOS 15.2 beta 3 release has a few changes hidden within, including yet another tweak to the way macro photography is handled on iPhone 13 Pro handsets.

The third beta builds on what the second offered by re-tooling a Settings toggle that's now named Macro Control. That toggle, when enabled, displays a little flower icon in the Camera app. That icon enables and disables macro mode when close to an object. Unfortunately, MacRumors points out that Apple is yet to re-work the copy which makes the toggle more confusing than ever.

"Show Camera control for automatically switching to the Ultra Wide lens to capture macro photos and videos," reads the description of the toggle. With this enabled, ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ and Pro Max owners can tap on a little flower-shaped icon in the Camera app to toggle on Macro mode when close to an object. This was introduced in the second beta, but it was confusing because Apple had not yet updated the wording for the toggle in the Settings app.

That confusion will hopefully be dealt with by the time iOS 15.2 is made available to the public — this is a beta, after all.

The new iPhone 13 Pro lineup consists of the best iPhone ever built for taking photos — the handsome iPhone 13 Pro Max. But this ongoing switching of the way macro photography works is troublesome, even if the arrival of a manual toggle in the second iOS 15.2 beta is an improvement over the automatic switching we currently deal with.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.