iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max get Macro toggle in camera app after new iOS release
The iPhone 13 Pro series, which consists of the base iPhone 13 Pro and the higher-end iPhone 13 Pro Max, is equipped with a great camera system. The setup features a wide-angle lens, an ultra-wide lens, and a telephoto lens that is capable of immaculate macro photography.
At the time of the launch of the iPhone 13 Pro, there was no manual toggle for macro mode, instead, the iPhone 13 Pro simply switched to Macro mode when you got close enough to an object. When the camera lens switches, it creates a flickering effect in-camera viewfinder which appears like a bug.
To be clear, this is not an issue. Instead, it’s just that Apple has developed the iPhone 13 Pro models camera app in such a way that it automatically switches to a macro lens when you reach closer to a subject.
It only appears like the screen is flickering but in actuality, it’s just the lens changing. One thing Apple missed here is to add a toggle so that users can switch off this automatic lens switching feature to avoid flickering.
Apple’s latest iOS 15.2 beta is making the iPhone 13 Pro’s Macro Mode simple by adding a button to let users turn it on and off.
iOS 15.2 finally adds a manual toggle for Macro mode, right from the camera! pic.twitter.com/w3ef3xdCsJ
— (@DylanMcD8) November 12, 2021
Updating to iOS 15.1 adds an option in the Camera app setting to toggle off the “Auto Macro” feature. But to then toggle it when you needed it, you had to go through the process of switching to the ultrawide camera and then zooming into your subject, which was hardly an intuitive process, especially for Apple.
iOS 15.2 beta now brings in the option to toggle the macro mode within the camera app itself, rather than delving into settings. This toggle should fix the problem users face when the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max inadvertently switch to Macro mode if the subject is too close to the camera.
To enable the new Macro mode toggle, you need to go to Settings > Camera and disable the Auto Macro option. Then, when you get close enough to an object in the Camera app’s viewfinder, the Macro mode toggle will appear automatically in the bottom left of the UI.