FabFocus for iOS Emulates iPhone 7 Plus ‘Portrait’ Mode on Older iPhones


A new app has launched called FabFocus, which aims to bring depth of field and bokeh to your iPhone images, simulating Portrait mode found exclusively on the iPhone 7 Plus (coming in iOS 10.1).

FabFocus says it uses an “advanced facial recognition A.I.,” to detect people in the foreground and blur out the background for depth of field effects, simulating SLR cameras.

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Users can also manually adjust blur and create aperture shapes such as hearts or stars, while users can also use the built-in tool to touch up photos.

While the images don’t look exactly perfect like an SLR camera’s depth of field effects, they are decent if you’re looking for an app to change the way your pictures look.

We haven’t tested this app yet, but FabFocus runs for $2.79 CAD in the App Store and supports iPhone 5s or newer along with iOS 8.0 or higher.

With Portrait mode exclusive for the iPhone 7 Plus, it was only a matter of time before a developer created a similar feature for older iPhone models.

Click here to download FabFocus for iOS in the App Store.


  • Tim

    This is almost all that’s happening with Apple’s baked in implementation. There’s nothing revolutionary about what they’re doing here. It’s a software effect that will soon be available for 99 cents to everyone.

  • It’ll be interesting to see how the final version of Portrait mode in iOS 10.1 fares.
    We’re following closely.

    But this developer was smart to get his version fast out of the gate, before clones follow.

  • jabohn

    Maybe it can be adjusted, but the example on the left is terrible. The subject is not cleanly separately from the background and the background looks to be simply over blurred. iOS is not just blurring the background but creating a bokeh effect to simulate an SLR.

  • iFone

    Of course this app is an oversimplification of what really is happening on the iphone 7 plus. The two cameras available on that phone (permit arc distance calculation on objects), plus software algorithms, allow for the bokeh effect that’s closer to SLRs. While software like this already exist for quite some time now, they will not produce the same effect given the single lens.

  • Tadaa, for one (of assumedly many) have such software blurring ability. All it is is a mask and a blur effect. It’s nothing special at all, other than perhaps blur/blend quality, depending on the app. As others have said, it’s definitely nothing like the analytic bump the hardware of iPhone 7 provides with two lenses to actually ‘see’ depth.

    Once apps gets access in iOS to the two physical cameras and start developing with them, THEN we’ll see what kind of quality SLR emulation developers can wring out of the hardware!