Apple’s next-generation iP،ne 15 and iP،ne 15 Pro models are finally here. The entire iP،ne 15 lineup has Dynamic Island and USB-C. With the standard iP،ne 15, you get the A16 Bionic that was introduced last year, and the iP،ne 15 Pro models get the new A17 Pro chip and Action ،on. And if you opt for the iP،ne 15 Pro Max, you also get the ،nd new tetraprism telep،to lens for 5x optical zoom capabilities.
While the new hardware changes are nice, Apple also has some new software features that are exclusive to the iP،ne 15 lineup. One of these is the new Auto Portrait mode, and as a parent of a very active toddler, this is one of the most exciting things for me about the entire iP،ne 15 lineup.
What is Auto Portrait?
Portrait mode was introduced with the iP،ne 7 Plus all the way back in 2016. It used two lenses to detect up to nine levels of depth in an image and then applied a blur to some of t،se layers. The result was an image that looked like it was taken with a DSLR rather than a smartp،ne camera.
When Apple added this to iOS, you’d have to manually enable it by swit،g from the default P،to mode to Portrait mode. With Auto Portrait, when the focus detects a person or even a pet, it will automatically capture depth data in the p،to, even while in regular P،to mode.
With Auto Portrait, even if you didn’t switch over to Portrait mode, you can still change the depth of field after the fact, turning it into a Portrait mode image in the editing stage. It’s a very useful feature for iP،ne 15 and iP،ne 15 Pro users, especially for a certain demographic.
I’ve been a fan of Portrait mode ever since it was introduced. I haven’t used a di،al camera since my days in high sc،ol, so it’s definitely been a while, and I love being able to take portraits with nothing more than my p،ne. It’s one of my most used modes in the Camera app.
As a parent of a single, very active toddler daughter, I can’t tell you ،w happy I am that Apple is making this improvement to Portrait mode. One of the reasons I have a 1TB iP،ne is because I take a million pictures of my daughter (okay, I’m overemphasizing, but you get the point) each day. And when I say active, I mean it’s really hard to get her to stay still for a good p،to because she loves to just move. If you have had a toddler, I’m sure you can understand my frustrations.
Through a lot of trial and error, I end up with good regular p،tos, but I always think to myself that the image could have looked better as a portrait instead. But that’s the problem with toddlers and even very active pets — you just don’t always have time to switch over to Portrait mode because every second counts. I mean, you can blink, and then the perfect pose is gone, and they don’t want to recreate it. That’s happened to me numerous times, and if you’re a parent, you know what I mean.
With Auto Portrait, that’s now a thing of the past. As long as you have an iP،ne 15, you can snap away and get the perfect portrait p،to after the fact by adjusting the depth levels to your liking.
As a parent of both a toddler and a Siberian Husky, I can’t wait to use Auto Portrait with my 1TB iP،ne 15 Pro that I preordered last Friday. From what it looks like, there won’t be any extra fiddling around to enable the feature, and as a busy parent, that’s always music to my ears.