How to Use iPhone 15’s Portrait with Focus and Depth Control on Older iPhones

Apple touted the new camera capabilities of the iPhone 15 at the launch event, offering next-generation portraits with focus and depth control. As always we think, these controls are limited to the new iPhone 15 series phones. However, this time with the iOS 17 software upgrade, Apple pushed the feature to other recent iPhones.

“Portrait Mode with Focus and Depth Control,” as the name suggests, lets you have more control over Portrait photos. You can select an object in the photo and change the focus or switch between the main subject or background. Another good example is, if the image has two people in the frame, you can change focus from one to another by selecting the people’s faces.

How to Use iPhone 15's Portrait with Focus and Depth Effect on Older iPhones

If you like the new Portrait Mode with Focus and Depth Control and want to know how you can use it on your iPhone, read on to know.

For eligibility, the new feature is available on the iPhone 13 series, iPhone 14 series, and iPhone 15 models. To get access to the new feature, you need to update your iPhone to iOS 17 or a later version. The update is available on iPhone XS and newer devices, but the feature is limited to iPhone 13 and iPhone 14.

Apple has officially confirmed it on the tech specs page of iPhone 13 and iPhone 14. Folks at 9to5Mac noticed the same on the iPhone compare page on the Apple Store. The cinematic mode is one of the leading highlights of the iPhone 13 models and to make it even better, Apple bring the Depth Controls to the older device.

Now let’s take a look at how you can get this feature working on your iPhone.

How to Use Portrait with Focus and Depth Control on Older iPhones

First things first, you need to update your device to the newest software – iOS 17 or newer. As mentioned earlier, the feature is working on iPhone 13 and newer devices, including iPad and Mac.

If you fulfill these requirements, follow these steps to edit your portraits.

How to Use iPhone 15's Portrait with Focus and Depth Effect on Older iPhones
  1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone and find the portrait photo that you want to edit.
  2. Select the edit option in the photo viewer screen.
  3. In case you just want to adjust the bokeh effect in the photo simply drag the slider to right or left to make the adjustments.
  4. If your photo has multiple subjects, then manually tap on the object and then adjust the bokeh by dragging the portrait slider.
  5. Another great thing about the feature is, that it also works with older photos, if you have portraits on your iPhone, simply find it and make changes to the photo.
  6. That’s it.

If you own the new iPhone 15, then you can make any photo into a portrait photo.

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