New iPhone XS & iPhone XR ad sells Portrait Mode's background blur

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Apple on Thursday premiered its latest iPhone ad, trumpeting Portrait Mode on both the XS and the XR.

iOS 12 Portrait Mode


The 38-second spot, now on YouTube, consists mostly of a long pullout shot depicting a chaotic scene in New York City with rats, welding sparks, and an argument with a cab driver. It ultimately settles on a woman getting her photo taken, and an unseen shooter using Portrait Mode's simulated bokeh -- known as Depth Control -- to mask the reality of her surroundings.

The ad is a rare example of Apple selling two iPhone models at the same time. Recent ads have focused either on the XS or the XR.





The XR is Apple's first single-lens device to offer Portrait Mode, using algorithms alone to calculate depth. While the mode has been around since 2016, it was previously limited to iPhones with dual-lens cameras. In that case a telephoto lens captures the subject, while a wide-angle lens snaps the broader scene, using that as a reference point.

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  • Reply 1 of 2
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 1,767member
    Thought true Portrait Mode needs dual camera system. Looks like XR and Pixel can achieve the same in software with single camera system..
  • Reply 2 of 2
    arlorarlor Posts: 483member
    wood1208 said:
    Thought true Portrait Mode needs dual camera system. Looks like XR and Pixel can achieve the same in software with single camera system..
    It might arguably be better that way, but this is a software function, not hardware. Photoshop, etc., also can identify a foreground subject and blur the background with a photo from any camera or phone. In fact, if you have two cameras, it might be better to shoot the subject at two different focal depths rather than the subject and the background, so you can produce a sharper image of what matters. 
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