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.
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.
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.
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.
What's New in iOS 11.2 & iOS 11.2.1
The iOS 11.2.1 update is small and it focuses on fixes for HomeKit that Apple already fixed on the server side. This is an important update to install if you use HomeKit.
The iOS 11.2 update delivers a major fix for the crashing iPhone, dozens of other fixes and includes Apple Pay Cash. The update is about 480MB for most users and should install pretty quickly if you are already on iOS 11.1.2.
Apple Pay Cash - This new service lets you send, request and receive money from other iPhone users.
The iOS 11.1.2 update fixed the following items, which are also rolled into the iOS 11.2 update.
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.
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.
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.