iPhone X Takes Snapchat Face Filters to 11

The new iPhone X features a massive selfie camera upgrade that is partly there for Face ID, but the same tech that helps you secure your iPhone will take your Snapchat selfies up to 11.

Apple now uses a front facing camera that can map you face using 30,000 points of IR light. That’s a massive upgrade in the face mapping tech that Snapchat Lenses currently uses and it means you will get way better looking Snapchat Lenses on the iPhone X this fall.

In the photo below you can see Craig Federighi demonstrate this new feature on stage using the iPhone X, which Apple pronounces as the iPhone 10. He is using a special version of Snapchat that isn’t out just yet.

Craig Federighi demonstrates the upgraded Snapchat Lenses on the iPhone X.
Craig Federighi demonstrates the upgraded Snapchat Lenses on the iPhone X.

This is just one of the Snapchat Lenses that are available in the app and Federighi wasn’t done showing off this upgraded feature. While talking about how well the iPhone X is able to track his face and show off metallic accents he switched over to a second mask with his face covered in golden roses.

While you may see the Snapchat Lenses get confused and move to a side or glitch on a normal iPhone, the sensors that enable Face ID also make this tracking way better on the iPhone X. You can see in the image above where his eyes are visible and even though he’s at an angle the mask is accurately tracking him very well.

The iPhone X tracks your face better than the iPhone 8 and older iPhones.
The iPhone X tracks your face better than the iPhone 8 and older iPhones.

Compare this to the Snapchat Lenses below shot using the iPhone 7 Plus. You can see that there are some areas around the edge of the face in the ET filter and when I’m not looking directly at the camera the other Snapchat Lense does not pick up the face correctly.

The iPhone 7 can't match the iPhone X when it comes to Snapchat skills.
The iPhone 7 can’t match the iPhone X when it comes to Snapchat skills.

Users will not get massive upgrades to Snapchat lenses with iOS 11, or even with the iPhone 8. This is only a feature that you will find on the iPhone X that starts at $999. The iPhone X includes a special set of sensors that are able to map your face out in incredible detail. These sensors enable secure unlocking of your iPhone, Apple Pay and also make the animated emoji, Animoji, possible on the iPhone X.

iOS 11 vs iOS 10: What’s New in iOS 11.1.2

What's New in iOS 11.1 & iOS 11.1.2

What's New in iOS 11.1 & iOS 11.1.2

The iOS 11.1.2 update focuses mainly on fixes for the iPhone X that are very important for many users. The update is about 50 to 60MB for most users and should install pretty quickly if you are already on iOS 11.1.1.

  • Fixes and issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop. 
  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with the iPhone X. 

If you are on a much older version the update will be larger and it will include the other fixes listed below. 

The iOS 11.1.1 update is out now for the iPhone and iPad. This update includes all of the changes from iOS 11.1 and two very important fixes. This small update is just over 50MB in size on most iPhones that are on iOS 11.1 already. 

  • Fixes autocorrect problem that replaced "I" with a question mark box and other symbols. 
  • Fixes Hey Siri not responding. 

The iOS 11.1.1 update includes all of the same security fixes as iOS 11.1, and the new features outlined below. After a lot of iOS 11 problems, the iOS 11.1 update is about delivering a lot of fixes that will help you use the iPhone better. This is a free update that is about 200 to 300 MB in size and it is one that most users will want to install on their iPhone. Here's a full list of the changes in iOS 11.1 including many fixes for the Photos app and for Accessibility. 

  • Over 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more
  • Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud Backup
  • Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots
  • Improves braille support for Grade 2 input
  • Improves VoiceOver access to multi-page PDFs
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the App Switcher
  • Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages
  • Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch
  • Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen
  • Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps
  • Fixes an issue with some 3rd-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data
  • Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation)
  • Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch

Apple also includes a number of important security fixes, including one for a major WiFi flaw in this update. Most users will want to install iOS 11.1 for the security updates as much as for the new emoji. 

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