iOS 16 introduces significant improvements for Portrait Photos and Cinematic Mode on iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro.

The cinematic mode of the ‌iPhone 13‌

Announced at WWDC earlier this year, ‌iOS 16‌ improves the quality of videos recorded with Cinematic Mode, making the depth of field effect more accurate for profile angles and around the edges of hair and glasses.

Apple is also bringing the ability to blur objects in the foreground of a photo to ‌iOS 16‌, producing what Apple calls “a more realistic depth-of-field effect.”

The portrait photos and cinematic mode updates are only available on the ‌iPhone 13‌, ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ and ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max, according to Apple. It’s unclear whether the omission of the ‌iPhone 13‌ mini is a mistake or an intentional exclusion.

Cinematic Mode was one of the main features Apple touted when it unveiled the ‌iPhone 13‌ lineup last year, but Portrait Mode has been available on almost every iPhone model since the launch of the ‌iPhone‌ 7 Plus in 2016, it is therefore not clear why only the latest models benefit from the Portrait mode software improvements.

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models are also likely to support these enhancements alongside a range of other camera upgrades. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously said he believes the camera quality of the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ models will “take cellphone camera photography to a new level.”

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