In recent years, we often see Apple's huge advertising boards for iPhones in busy areas such as stations or squares, one of which is not a product, only the type of huge photos, the bottom will be labeled "Met iPhone ". The goal of shooting is to emphasize the powerful recording capabilities of the iPhone.
Even today, the camera level of Android phones has made great progress and the iPhone is difficult as well as before. In addition to homogenization at hardware level, even users who do not understand photos at all can get a clear picture with their mobile phones using advanced image algorithms.
But this still does not stop the love of taking photos with the iPhone. With the consistent ease of use of the iOS camera application and the solid and stable color style, making photos with the iPhone has become a trend, and there is also a big deal in Filckr and Instagram. Part of the photo of the iPhone.
A recent incident, however, has caused many foreign users to question the camera of the iPhone. Some users who started with the new iPhone XS / XS Max used the phone to take a selfie and discovered that the photos themselves were different than the real one and pointed with finger at Apple.
Netizens speculated that Apple may have enforced a photo mode similar to beauty & # 39 ;, and this post-processing effect is very clear, so some foreigners who pursue realism feel uncomfortable.
This is another controversial event after the previous mobile signal from the iPhone XS.
First let's look at how foreign netizens spit on the iPhone XS selfie:
A user of the Reddit forum said this:
I am very disappointed with this picture, I look a little stupid in the lens and it looks like I have a filter.
There is also such a spit:
iPhone XS: see how beautiful you look and the skin is so clean and smooth. Mirror: do not have an X number in your heart?
Or something like this:
Apple would actually say that if you do not like the selfie of the new phone, you can use the old iPhone to shoot and use Airdrop to transfer it to the new iPhone.
He made a special comparison film to confirm this statement: the left side of the picture is iPhone X, the middle two are the iPhone XS and XS Max and the iPhone 6 on the far right. The middle face is indeed whiter and cleaner.
Initially, he suspected that this was possibly related to the new "smart HDR" function, but after testing, even if HDR is turned off, this "beauty" effect still exists.
But Cult of Mac and other netizens said that this is not the result of the "beauty effect" of Apple, but the "noise suppression algorithm" of the iPhone. Simply put, perhaps the iPhone is sure that your face makes more noise (but it can be small acne pores, etc.), so take the initiative to help you clear it.
To verify this argument, I also came up with the iPhone X and iPhone XS Max. Let the girl try the make-up selfie in the same environment. It really makes a big difference. You can view the comparative tests.
The pores in particular look slightly more delicate, the fine lines become smoother, the skin tone is slightly brighter and even the dark circles are lighter. Although in the words of the model there has been no amazing and glamorous landscaping, if the self-portrait of the iPhone is "not tolerant", it is at least "hardly visible".
On the hardware side, the front and rear lenses of the iPhone XS / XS Max did not change much. The front lens is still 7 megapixels and the rear double lens is also a double 12 megapixel wide-angle and telephoto lens, just as big as the light-sensitive element. The pixel area of the unit has changed.
But at software level, Apple added AI support for the iPhone XS / XS Max ISP image sensor this year to implement the smart HDR feature. And now there will be a "beauty effect" similar to dermabrasion, probably because the new noise reduction algorithm works.
It is worth noting that Apple & # 39; s software president Sebastien Marineau-Mes recently explained the workflow of smart HDR in the new iPhone XS / XS Max. In essence, it relies on multi-frame synthesis, that is, after making a series of photos. Then adjust the sound. The more photos you make, the less noise you have and the tests become more natural:
The first picture takes two different exposed picture frames in one-third of a second, and the image is sent to the neural network engine of the A12 for analysis, but the smart HDR works and the lens remains At the rate of thirty-first of a second, the original data message still recorded and the synthesis completed in a few hundred milliseconds.
However, just as people in Europe and the United States think that the small freckles on the skin and texture are a real beauty, users in the Asia-Pacific region are used to self-portraits with a variety of beauty apps.
That's why the iPhone for the "Made Gate" incident is "relatively reticent". I can imagine how users in the Asia Pacific region will see these news responses:
- Have these foreigners misunderstood the beauty?
- Is not it just a light dermabrasion, is it worth making a fuss?
In fact, it is true: in comparison with the iPhone use China's standard mobile Android phones basically & # 39; Portrait Beauty & # 39; as a standard function and now it is so far that it uses AI beauty.
However, most mobile phone manufacturers claim that the data collection based on millions of data is more radical and that the final appearance has a plastic taste of & # 39; net red face & # 39 ;. Perhaps this is very popular in the Asia-Pacific region, but also in other countries. Users may not like it.
More important is the beauty that represents beauty.There is no way to reach a uniform standard among all people.Perhaps the beauty function is only very popular in the Asia-Pacific market, but it is clear that Europeans and Americans on the other side of the ocean nothing to give.
That is why we do not see the word "beauty" in the camera interface of the iPhone. The only portrait mode offers only background blur and four optional portrait effects. It will not change your single eyelids into double eyelids, or change your broad chin into a narrow chin, what you look like in the mirror, what the iPhone looks like – maybe it's better now.
According to photographer Abdul Dremali, Apple has responded to this question and does not exclude the later iOS system updates with algorithmic adjustments.
It seems that the best way to avoid controversies in defining the problem of beauty is to let the users do it themselves.
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