Apple introduced macro photography with iPhone 13 Pro. The feature can magnify subjects with a minimum focus distance of 2 centimeters. While users must currently rely on proximity sensors for macro photography, the tech giant has said that it will add a manual toggle for macro mode in iPhone 13 Pro later this fall.
iPhone 13 Pro users will be able to manually switch of macro mode later in the fall
Macro mode, introduced for the first time on iPhone 13 Pro, works really well according to early reviews. The feature is enabled by the new Ultra Wide lens, which has an f/1.8 aperture and 120-degree field of view and can focus on subjects from as little as 2cm away. Macro also extends to video including Slo-mo and Time-lapse. As of right now, the feature is not available as a separate camera setting. This means that when an iPhone 13 Pro Max detects a subject is within about 10 centimeters of the lens, it automatically switches to macro mode.
YouTuber Marques Brownlee contacted the Cupertino tech giant about the feature. In response, Apple said that a new setting will be added in a software update “this fall,” to turn off automatic camera switching. The new setting will likely be a toggle to switch macro mode on and off to give users more control of when it activates in photos and video.
As I mentioned in my video, the iPhones’ macro mode is great, but you can’t manually switch out.
Apple’s told me "A new setting will be added in a software update this fall to turn off automatic camera switching when shooting at close distances for macro photography and video” pic.twitter.com/n94WA5gdaj
— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) September 21, 2021
Other headlining photography features of iPhone 13 Pro include Telephoto Night Mode and Night Mode Portraits, Telephoto Cinematic Mode, and support for ProRes video recording. The macro mode toggle and ProRes are not the only features coming later this fall. The tech giant is delaying the launch of several headlining iOS 15 features as well as some smaller ones including SharePlay, App Privacy Report, Find My support for AirPods, custom iCloud e-mail domains, and more.