Apple’s latest build of iOS 15 beta indicates that a notable improvement can be introduced on the camera side. It appears to be making subtle improvements to the photos by processing the green lens flares that can appear in outdoor photos, 9to5Mac reports. Reddit user Doubleluckstur first mentioned this feature in the iOSBeta subreddit. and The Verge was able to see that the feature works by testing it with an iPhone 12 Mini running the public beta. When they aimed it at the light source, they saw green spots on the screen. This feature prevents the glare that may occur in the photos taken. According to The Verge, although the glare is visible in the viewfinder, the glare is not visible in the photos taken. The site also took photos by turning on the Live Photo feature, and states that some of the captured frames have glare while others do not. This reveals that there is some software-based manipulation of the picture.
So far, it is somewhat unclear on which iPhone models the processing takes place. In a Reddit thread, one user saw the green dot removed on their iPhone XS, while another user says it doesn’t work on the iPhone 8 Plus. 9to5Mac estimates that the feature may be limited to phones with A12 Bionic processors or newer (i.e. after XS and XR). It is not surprising that the feature is only available on new phones: some features of iOS 12 such as Live Text or Portrait mode for FaceTime have A12 Bionic already listed as a requirement.
Until now, there is uncertainty about which iPhone models this process takes place. In a Reddit thread, one user stated that he saw the green dot removed on his iPhone XS, while another user says it doesn’t work on the iPhone 8 Plus. 9to5Mac estimates that the feature may be limited to phones with A12 Bionic processors or newer (i.e. after XS and XR). It’s not surprising that the feature is only available on new phones. For example, for some features of iOS 12 such as Portrait Mode for FaceTime or Live Text, A12 Bionic is listed as a requirement.
Of course, with the discovery of this feature, there were people who were digging it and trying to find its limits. A Reddit user with the nickname DementedAvenger showed photos of flashes of light from a bathroom light instead of the sun, along with examples of glare still visible on trees or window screens. it may be different or disappear altogether in the next version. Still, we understand that Apple is working to get rid of the green spots that can appear in images from time to time. It would be nice to see concrete developments in this field with iOS 15