Once the iPhones XS and XS Max were launched and started to be used in fact by millions of users around the world, something was noticed at least interesting about the frontal cameras of the devices and that soon extended to a huge discussion: the so-called #beautygate.
Basically, the “problem” itself was not the “beautification effect” in the pictures taken with the front camera of these flagships, but the fact that users have not been informed of this (along with the inability to disable the feature). When Apple saw customer dissatisfaction, it came out and declared that it was “working to fix the error” – that is, it was not a “Beautifying Mode” but a consequence of the way the cameras of the new devices work, something we commented on in this article.
With the pre-sale of iPhone XR and the first reviews, some sites have also noticed the effect on gadget, like the The Verge, which compared the results of selfies taken with Pixel 3 and the iPhone XR.
As you can see, the Smart HDR of the new iPhones levels out the highlights and raises the shadows of the image to make everything brighter – maybe even a little too much. The impression, at times, is that the photo has been fully edited, a little artificial.
In this sense, Apple confirmed to the The Verge that will fix the problem in iOS 12.1 when adjusting the Smart HDR feature on these devices. Yesterday, the fifth beta version of iOS 12.1 was made available to developers and we still don’t know when the final version will be released to the general public.
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 movement and preserve details, sometimes he chooses a frame with a faster shutter speed. The front camera also does not have optical image stabilization, so it takes blurry photos at the same shutter speed when compared to the rear camera. The result is a loss of detail that appears to soften the front camera.
So it seems that the problem is already solved. We will see how the “new” result of the cameras of the iPhones XS, XS Max and XR will be after the launch of iOS 12.1. If you are testing the fifth beta, tell us below if there is already a difference in the front camera of these devices. ?