Portrait Mode on iPhone 11 Works With Objects and Pets

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Portrait Mode on the new iPhone 11 works with not only human faces, but also objects and pets, according to Apple.

    Apple's sample photos of Portrait Mode on the iPhone 11

    From the iPhone 11 page:
    While this was already possible on the iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, Portrait Mode on the iPhone XR was only able to detect human faces in Apple's stock Camera app. (A few third-party apps like Halide did manage to enable Portrait Mode for objects and pets on the iPhone XR.)

    There are also six Portrait Lighting effects available on the iPhone 11, including Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, and High-Key Mono. This is up from three on the iPhone XR: Natural, Studio, and Contour.

    Portrait Mode automatically creates a depth-of-field effect known as bokeh, allowing iPhone users to shoot a photo that keeps the subject sharp with a blurred background, while Portrait Lighting applies studio-quality lighting effects like black-and-white stage lighting to the Portrait Mode photos.

    To use Portrait Mode, open the Camera app and swipe to Portrait mode. Portrait Lighting effects will appear at the bottom of the viewfinder.

    iPhone 11 is the direct successor to the iPhone XR, with features including a dual-lens rear camera system with Ultra Wide and Night modes, faster A13 Bionic chip, improved water resistance, six new colors, up to one hour longer battery life, Dolby Atmos sound, 802.11ax Wi-Fi, Gigabit-class LTE, and more.

    Article Link: Portrait Mode on iPhone 11 Works With Objects and Pets
  2. EugW macrumors 604


    Jun 18, 2017
  3. coca_deva macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2018
  4. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    Well yeah, because it has 2 cameras. The XR used software only software to do it.
  5. Gorms macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2012
    Yeah, when they said this yesterday I was confused, as I know for a fact I've been taking Portraits of my dogs using Portrait mode since I got an X. Maybe they mean it's optimised to be easier? But I've never had issues
  6. Mactendo macrumors 68000

    Oct 3, 2012
    On XR it was only working for people due to a lack of second camera.
  7. Frantisekj macrumors regular


    Mar 9, 2017
    Deep inside Europe :-)
    Generally, can not wait for real life tests of 11! :)
  8. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    I personally think it was only working for people due to software limitations, not the single lens. Google made it work with 1 lens and machine learning. I think Apple could have done the same thing, but figured it wasn't worth it because 1. desire to sell more flagships and 2. desire to sell more flagships.
  9. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    This is a bit weird because I've been using portrait mode with objects for a long time with my iPhone 7 plus... :confused:

    It has some trouble with certain things, like the foam on a glass of beer, and the whiskers on cats, but most of the time it's quite good. :)

    Edit: ...or has objects been meant to work on all (earlier) phones with dual lenses for a while now...? ;)
  10. Sasparilla macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2012
    Nice to see. Just to note Google has had Portrait mode on objects other than people with their Pixel's with one camera...so the two camera thing isn't the only way to do it (although Apple seems to be playing it that way).
  11. ChrisMoBro macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2016
    Read the second paragraph again.
  12. EugW macrumors 604


    Jun 18, 2017
    It’s always worked on dual lens cameras. In fact, Portrait Mode was the main selling point of the 7 Plus.
  13. djlythium macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2014
    Bingo bango! Got to have something for next year!
  14. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Yes, but the software were - at least in the beginning - best at recognising faces, and not much more...AFAIR. :)

    Edit: Remember the iPhone 7 is 3 years old, while the referenced phones are newer and (much) more powerful... ;)
  15. Mactendo macrumors 68000

    Oct 3, 2012
    Yes, you’re right. I’m just lazy sometimes to explain technical details. It had no true portrait mode due to a lack of second camera but they trained the software to recognize people and blur the background so XR portrait mode was based on software.
    They could teach it to recognize more things so in the end we can say it was due to software limitations.

    I’m actually curious what will happen if all three models will have the same camera setup. It seems some people will buy ‘Pro’ just because it’s ‘Pro’. XR (and now 11) is the true flagship and the most selling iPhone model so its camera limitation didn’t affect it much. And Apple kind of acknowledged it by calling it just iPhone 11 and other two models ‘Pro’.
  16. Eorlas macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2010
    the stage light portrait mode doesnt currently work with pets, or i just cant get it to work
  17. iBug2 macrumors 68040

    Jun 12, 2005
    I have shot tons of animals with my 8 Plus using portrait mode and got the bokeh effect. Why is this news?
  18. kcslc macrumors member

    Aug 30, 2018
    All dual lens iPhones support the true bokeh effect:
    iPhone 7 Plus
    iPhone 8 Plus
    iPhone X
    iPhone XS
    iPhone XS Max

    Only one single lens iPhone supports bokeh effect (using software trickery):
    iPhone XR

    This article is pointing out that while the new iPhone 11 does have a dual lens, people might be wondering if the bokeh effect would be limited since the second lens is ultra wide angle instead of telephoto. Therefore the software limitation of the iPhone XR has been resolved in the 11.

    At least I think I’m understanding the point of the article? I don’t know. I can’t keep Apple products straight in my head anymore since sj isn’t there to reign in the product line.
  19. chfilm macrumors 68020


    Nov 15, 2012
    What’s still unanswered though- does portrait mode on the PRO now work on the regular focal length also and not just in telephoto mode??
  20. GadgetBen macrumors 65816


    Jul 8, 2015
    I mean it would be great to have heard this from Tim yesterday. This is quite significant.

    The whole presentation just seemed rushed.
  21. Vasilioskn macrumors 6502


    Jun 30, 2010
    New York
    My iPhone X always did this. Why is this news
  22. rtomyj macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2012
    3. Desire to not mine user photos, robbing privacy, then making money from it.
  23. EugW macrumors 604


    Jun 18, 2017
    The answer has already been posted in this short thread several times.
  24. ssl0408 macrumors 65816

    Sep 22, 2013
    New York
    Becaus the IPhone XR didn’t do it, but its successor, the iPhone 11, does.
  25. madKIR macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2010
    All these iPhones achieve Bokeh through software. None of them can support it natively as they don’t have real lens system of bigger cameras. Therefore, you would see artifacts around some objects sometimes when the software miscalculates the effect. The XR was worse in that regard since it had only one camera to rely on, so it was more complicated for the chip to imitate Bokeh.

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