What you need to know
- Photographer Amos Chapple has accused Apple of lying by omission.
- That's because of the way iPhone 11 Pro's telephoto lens handles Night Mode.
- The lens doesn't support Night Mode and instead crops the image from the wide-angle lens.
Photographer Amos Chapple has accused Apple of "lying by omission" after he discovered that the telephoto photos he was taking in Russia weren't actually using Night Mode. The iPhone gives the impression that they were.
When taking a photo in Night Mode the interface notifies the user by displaying the number of seconds the photographer needs to remain still. That does happen when taking a photo using the telephoto lens, but as Chapple notes, the image that's captured is instead a cropped version of an image captured by the standard wide-angle lens instead.
This is, of course, not news. Developer and photography genius Sebastien de With told us this way back in September.
Not sure if this was every mentioned anywhere, but Night Mode on the iPhone 11 only works on the wide camera. While it activates when you are in telephoto mode, it simply appears to crop the image it gets from the wide.Not sure if this was every mentioned anywhere, but Night Mode on the iPhone 11 only works on the wide camera. While it activates when you are in telephoto mode, it simply appears to crop the image it gets from the wide.— Sebastiaan de With (@sdw) September 30, 2019September 30, 2019
And it's even something that John Gruber mentioned when quoting de With in October. He did us a solid and explained how to go about proving what iPhone 11 Pro is doing, too.
It's my understanding that the standard wide 1x wide-angle lens is the only one that is made up of 100% focus pixels, allowing it to take the super crispy Night Mode images we've been drooling over for the last few months.
Chapple, for his part, is having none of it. He instead thinks that Apple should be nailed to the nearest door because it's lying to people by omission. He even mentioned unnamed "influential tech journalists" who seemed to be under the impression Night Mode worked with the telephoto lens.
I'm not sure why someone else not knowing what is going on with the telephoto lens makes this into some sort of huge conspiracy, but here we are and the internet seems to be more interested in a good "gotcha" story or tweet than actually doing the research.
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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.
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