The latest iOS 15.1 beta 3 update includes the promised feature by Apple, a new ‘Auto Macro’ toggle to disable automatic switch to Ultra-Wide camera for macro photography. iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone Pro Max offer a new macro photography feature that allows users to capture very sharp and detailed pictures of subjects at a 2 cm distance. Macro is also extended to video including Time-lapse and Slo-mo.
As per the review, the new camera feature captures beautiful close-up images of flowers, textures, animals, and more, but the only criticism was that users could not disable it. By default, if a user zoomed in on a subject, the camera system automatically switched to the Ultra-wide lens to take macro photos which users complained they did not want to do, always. Therefore, Apple promised it would release a fix in the future update and it has.
The update also includes native support for ProRes video capture on the Camera app. These new features will be available to the masses with iOS 15.1 public update.
How to disable the new ‘Auto Macro’ toggle on iOS 15.1
With the iOS 15.1 public release, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max users will be able to disable automatic macro mode.
- Open Setting app > Camera
- At the bottom of the Camera setting section, the new ‘Auto Macro’ toggle is added.
- When enabled, the camera will “automatically switch to the Ultra Wide camera to capture macro photos and videos”
- When disabled you will have to manually switch to the macro mode by zooming to 0.5x lens, getting close to the subject, and tapping on the screen to focus.
The macro photography feature users the improved Ultra-Wide camera with wider ƒ/1.8 aperture and a new autofocus system that offers a 92% improvement for low-light environments and produces brighter and sharper images. An ophthalmologist used the new macro camera to take close-up pictures of a patient’s eye to check post-operation healing.
Calling it the biggest advancement for their camera system, Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing said:
The new pro camera system offers even more pro photography capabilities like improved telephoto zoom, macro photography, Photographic Styles, Cinematic mode, as well as ProRes and Dolby Vision video. The Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion is our best display ever; it intelligently responds to the content on your screen, offers fantastic graphics performance, and is perfect for any viewing experience.”