How Apple addressed the ‘beautygate’ effect in iOS 12.1

In this video, we evaluate selfie footage captured by way of two iPhone XS Max handsets, one with the newest iOS 12.1 replace and any other operating iOS 12.0.1, for example the fixes Apple applied for so-called “beautygate” pores and skin smoothing results. 


iPhone XS selfie comparability.

As a short lived refresher, Apple with its newest iPhone XS and XS Max fashions offered a brand new digital camera characteristic referred to as Smart HDR that a great deal will increase the dynamic vary of each nonetheless footage and movies by way of combining a couple of frames captured at other exposures. 

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Due to its implementation, Smart HDR can in some instances decrease native distinction and introduce noise in low gentle footage, the latter of which is handled the usage of somewhat competitive noise relief. 

Last month, customers taking selfies spotted the Smart HDR characteristic would clean out their pores and skin to some extent that made ensuing footage seem doctored. Known as “beautygate” — a time period implying Apple deliberately enabled the effect — the factor was once in the end tracked right down to a tool trojan horse ^( that now and then decided on the mistaken base body for HDR processing. Instead of opting for a body with a brief publicity and extra element, Smart HDR would go for a body with an extended shutter velocity.

Under many stipulations, the further noise relief on iPhone XS made pores and skin seem cushy, even if in comparison to selfies curious about iPhone X. In brighter stipulations, then again, “beautygate” turns into a nonissue as a result of frames are captured at quick publicity occasions, that means there’s no want for enhanced noise relief.

Apple corrected the Smart HDR quirk with iOS 12.1, launched remaining week ^(

Comparing footage captured on similar , the distinction between iOS 12.0.1 and iOS 12.1 is instantly obvious. The good looks filter out glance is now long past, despite the fact that there could also be noticeably extra noise. 

If we crop in, the distinction in noise is simple to look for those who take a look at the wall.


Before the replace, the lengthy publicity base body with further noise relief smoothed out all of the main points, making facial hair and pores glance blurry.

Now including just a little bit extra gentle, there is not as a lot of a distinction, however the identical variations are obvious by way of cropping in. Some of the pores on the left glance smoothed out, while with iOS 12.1, the whole thing is tremendous sharp. Not best that, however for those who glance intently, you’ll be able to realize that there is a little bit extra distinction after the replace.


Now transferring immediately in entrance of a window, it is onerous to note any distinction in any respect since noise relief is not an element anymore.

However, you’ll be able to realize that there is a little bit extra distinction with 12.1, simply by taking a look at the pores. The further distinction is extra simply noticeable for those who take a look at the grey sweater.


Moving out of doors, it is onerous to note a distinction, however for those who glance intently, the further distinction is for sure there. It’s simply noticeable for those who take a look at the eyebrows. 

Again, in this photograph, we see the identical effects. It’s an excessively refined alternate but it surely for sure makes a distinction. There is a basic build up in element throughout all of those footage as neatly.

In some footage, the distinction distinction is extra noticeable. Compare the distinction in element in the stones beneath and you’ll be able to realize all of the bits and bobs pop out after the 12.1 replace because of the further distinction. The shadows on the garden glance darker with 12.1 and the tree itself appears to be like extra detailed with the added distinction.


Though Apple addressed the “beautygate” factor with iOS 12.1, the transfer to a shorter uncovered base body reintroduces some further noise. Along with that, it kind of feels that Apple toned down the heat of iPhone XS footage slightly.