iOS 12.1 Will Address Skin Smoothening And Improve Selfie Quality On iPhone XS And XR


Apple's highly anticipated iPhone XR is now available for pre-order and the reviews have started emerging as well. Now, we have some details on the camera capabilities of the iPhone XS and XS Max, which feature identical front and rear-facing cameras. It is said that Apple is working to adjust its Smart HDR algorithms in iOS 12. The improvements come down to previous complaints on the aggressive skin smoothening and details. The changes will be implemented in iOS 12.1, which will probably release alongside the upcoming iPad Pro models. So let's dive in to see some more details on the iPhone XS skin smoothening and how it will be addressed.

iOS 12.1 Will Greatly Improve Selfie Quality On the iPhone XS And iPhone XR

As soon as the iPhone XS and XS Max were made available to the public, early reviews pointed that the camera on the devices smoothes the skin tone aggressively. While it was later stated that the skin smoothing being referred to is the reduction of noise in a photo. Whatever may be the case, the photos did seem to look as if a filter has been applied, which is not always desirable.

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Since the iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR all feature Smart HDR from Apple, the adjusted algorithm will be applied to all three variants. The iPhone XR is shipping with iOS 12.0.1 installed and probably, iOS 12.1 will be released alongside the upcoming iPad Pro models, scheduled to be announced on October 30. Apple has not given any response to the whole 'BeautyGate' fiasco at this point. Here's how The Verge explains skin smoothening on iPhone XS:

Essentially, Smart HDR was choosing the wrong base frame for HDR processing when you took a selfie. Instead of choosing a frame with a short shutter speed to freeze motion and preserve detail, it would sometimes choose a frame with longer shutter speed. The front camera also does not have optical image stabilization, so it takes blurrier shots at the same shutter speed as the rear, stabilized camera. The result is a loss of detail that looks like smoothing on the front camera.

With Apple adjusting the algorithms in its Smart HDR, photos will retain more details through tweaking the exposure mix and more. iOS 12.1 is currently in the beta phase and will be released shortly, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details.

This is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the fix coming in IOS 12.1? Do you think skin smoothening on the iPhone XS and XS Max is a feature or an issue? Let us know in the comments.

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