October 23, 2018 6:24:35 pm
Apple will fix a bug in Smart HDR front camera system on iPhone XS and XR that made the photos look smoother. The company told The Verge that issue will be fixed in iOS 12.1, public beta for which is already available. In a statement, Apple explained what the issue is and why is the camera producing smoother-looking photos.
The front camera on iPhone XR and XS was apparently choosing the the wrong frame rate with longer shutter speed to click selfies, while a frame with a short shutter speed is supposed to freeze motion and preserve detail. “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 report adds.
The loss of detail due to lack of OIS combined with longer shutter speed result in a loss of detail, which makes the photos look smoother. However, in iOS 12.1, Apple will introduce a fix that will automatically choose the “sharpest base frame for the HDR merge when taking selfies”.
The skin smoothing issue on iPhone XS and XR, dubbed as Beautygate, was pointed out by several users on Reddit and other forums with speculations suggesting Apple is using beauty filter to enhance selfies. However, Apple has denied using beautification filters on its cameras. Lewis Hilsenteger of YouTube program Unboxing Therapy, was one of the first to highlight the issue on iPhone XS.
Both iPhone XS and XR feature 7MP TrueDepth front camera with f/2.2 aperture and Retina flash. It also supports Smart HDR as well as Portrait mode and Portrait Lighting effects. In our review on iPhone XS, we observed the camera is definitely an improvement over iPhone 8 and Smart HDR does make a difference. The low-light performance has also improved, and Portraits look great as well.