iOS 12.3.2 fixes a camera bug but doesn’t do much else

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The iPhone 8 Plus has a dual-camera setup.
Expatiate on / The iPhone 8 Plus has a dual-camera setup.
Samuel Axon

Today, Apple is walking paper out a new update to iOS, its software for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch—but this update is objected at fixing an issue on just one device: the iPhone 8 Plus.

iOS 12.3.2 doesn’t appear to do anything else worth remarking upon. Apple’s notes obviously say:

iOS 12.3.2 resolves an issue that could cause Camera to nick Portrait mode photos without depth effect on some iPhone 8 Return devices.

Updates don’t get much more minor than this. Apple typically freeings updates that contain new features for macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS simultaneously. But on the company updates only one operating system at a time when deploying a objective bug fix, as is the case here. If you don’t have an iPhone 8 Plus, this update isn’t for you.

Picture Mode is Apple’s camera feature that uses machine-learning-based techniques and the dual cameras on some iPhone archetypes to analyze photos and create a depth-of-field effect. It’s related to Portrait Lighting, which but works on the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Picture Lighting lets you change the lighting, depth of field, or other traits via various presets after the photo has been taken. We’ve been staunchly unimpressed by it in our reviews—it fails to address glasses frames, it leaves extraordinary artifacts around frizzy hair, and so on. Machine-learning-based features like this are assuage not perfect.

Apple last updated iOS with iOS 12.3.1, which hit beamed devices two weeks ago. That update fixed a bug related to VoLTE easy reaches, addressed a problem that allowed unknown senders’ messages to come up even if you have enabled “Filter Unknown Senders,” and fixed an originate that prevented some users from reporting junk primers. Apple last released a major update with new features solely shy of a month ago: iOS 12.3 added a completely overhauled TV app, implemented AirPlay for new contrivances like Samsung TVs, and fixed numerous bugs.

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