Halide, an award-winning iPhone photography app, has just rolled out a major update that brings the iPhone 13’s Macro Mode to older iPhones. Users of the iPhone 8 or newer can activate the Macro Mode using the updated app.
While the “official” macro mode on the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max uses the new ultra-wide lens to make the ultra-close up photography possible, the Halide app is using Apple’s Neural Engine for “AI-based detail enhancement” to squeeze extra detail out of the close-up shot.
Halide’s Ben Sandofsky has detailed the app’s Macro Mode with some great examples in a lengthy blog post
Macro Mode is easily accessed. As opposed to the built-in camera, we decided to really make Macro photography a deliberate ‘mode.’ While the ultra-wide camera in Halide will still automatically focus on very close subjects if you desire, we believe that taking macro photos is best done in a mode that supports a particular style of photography.
Visit this link to learn in detail how the feature works.