Apple Highlights Depth Control on iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR in New Video

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today uploaded a new video to its YouTube channel that's dedicated to showing off the Depth Control feature available on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

    Entitled "The Backdrop," the video features the Depth Control in action on a shot of a woman taken on a busy street with a lot going on in the background.

    Depth Control is used to blur the background out, putting the focus on the woman in the picture.

    Introduced on Apple's newest iPhones, Depth Control is a Portrait Mode feature. Once you capture a Portrait Mode image, you can use the Depth Control slider to change the amount of blur in the background.

    Apple also recently shared a new video on the Smart HDR feature in the new iPhones. Smart HDR is an automatic feature designed to bring out more detail in highlights and lowlights in iPhone photos.

    The video was created as a behind-the-scenes look at the techniques used by Jia Zhangke in his recent short film captured to celebrate Chinese New Year.

    Article Link: Apple Highlights Depth Control on iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR in New Video
  2. Hermes Monster macrumors 65816

    Hermes Monster

    May 4, 2010
    ....why exactly can’t my iPhone X do this but the XR can?
  3. no_idea macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2018
    Congrats Apple marketing to the 1% that will habitually use this feature...
  4. alpi123 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2014
    I don't know if the percentage is more but I sure enjoy this feature. Though, I mostly prefer the default setting at which the Portrait Mode blurs the background but I like to play with it, it's cool seeing how the bokeh changes. It's certainly great to have. Even if you just want to remove it, because if you want to force the tele camera, you can do in Portrait and just remove the effect. Otherwise the regular photo setting decides if the tele lens should be used.
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    Just download a third party app. Much more control over the bokeh. I mean, total control.
  5. JungleNYC macrumors regular


    Apr 11, 2014
    Shame the depth control is broken in Photos MacOS. Hasn’t been available for edit in several Mojave seeds. Fix it Apple please! :)
  6. colmaclean macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Because Apple wants you to buy a newer phone.
  7. Mansu944 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2012
    I want to know too...this actually kind of pisses me off.
  8. lunarworks macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    The scurrying rat at the beginning of the commercial is just the perfect added NYC touch.
  9. Manuelrodrigues macrumors member


    Nov 16, 2011
    Your (and mine) iPhone X can do this. Select portrait mode in your camera, maintain enough distance between you and your subject, et voila!

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