“Simply put: a pleasing blur that separates the foreground (person) from the background (other junk),” Panzarino reports. “I’m going to get a bit wonky in this piece because I feel the context will be sorely lacking once this feature hits widely — and there are some that are interested.”
“The depth mapping that this feature uses is a byproduct of there being two cameras on the device. It uses technology from LiNx, a company Apple acquired, to create data the image processor can use to craft a 3D terrain map of its surroundings,” Panzarino reports. “This does not include the full capabilities of the Primesense chip Apple purchased back in 2013 (we have yet to see this stuff fully implemented), but it’s coming.”
“For now, we’re getting a whole host of other benefits from the two cameras, including ‘Fusion,’ Apple’s method of taking image data from both the wide angle and telephoto lenses and mixing them together to get the best possible image,” Panzarino reports. “We’re also getting Portrait mode, which launches today in developer beta and later this week in public beta.”
Tons more, with many photo examples, in the full article – highly recommended – here.
MacDailyNews Take: Bokeh! By the way, Panzarino demonstrates that although the feature is called “Portrait,” it does work with objects, pets, and other scenes. Even in beta, it’s very impressive!