Apple Deliberately Blocks iPhone X’s Portrait Lighting Effects on Older iPhones

The new Portrait Lighting effects available on the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X could run on previous iPhone models as well, but Apple has implemented a restriction that blocks previous-generation devices from enabling it.

This is what developer Steven Troughton-Smith has discovered after running a few tests, explaining that it all seems to be just a software limitation that Apple introduced to keep Portrait Lighting an exclusive feature of the latest iPhone models.

As part of his test, Troughton-Smith transferred a photo taken with the iPhone 7 Plus Portrait mode to his Mac to make a series of metadata changes, only to then upload the tweaked photo to his iPhone X.

Software limitation needed because of older hardware

When opening the image on the iPhone X, iOS actually launched the new Portrait Lighting interface and not the classic Portrait mode that was used to take the p… (read more)

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