Apple Continues Promoting iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode With Two New Videos

Apple today shared two new videos on its YouTube channel, again designed to promote the Portrait Mode feature that's unique to the dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus.

Both videos are 15 seconds in length and show the Portrait Mode in action, with an explanation on how it blurs out the background for better portrait shots of people.


Portrait Mode, introduced in iOS 10.1, uses a shallow depth-of-field effect to make portrait photos "pop," mimicking the results that can normally only be obtained with a high-end DSLR and a telephoto lens. Portrait Mode uses the 56mm lens included in the iPhone 7 Plus, with Apple's image signal processor working to scan a scene to recognize people and other objects to separate the foreground from the background for the blurring effect.

Today's ads follow two similar ads that were released earlier this week, also designed to show off Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus.

Related Forum: iPhone

Popular Stories

Apple Intelligence General Feature

Apple Intelligence Features Not Coming to European Union at Launch Due to DMA

Friday June 21, 2024 9:44 am PDT by
Apple today said that European customers will not get access to the Apple Intelligence, iPhone Mirroring, and SharePlay Screen Sharing features that are coming to the iPhone, iPad, and Mac this September due to regulatory issues related to the Digital Markets Act. In a statement to Financial Times, Apple said that there will be a delay as it works to figure out how to make the new...
Apple WWDC24 Apple Intelligence hero 240610

Apple Explains iPhone 15 Pro Requirement for Apple Intelligence

Wednesday June 19, 2024 4:48 am PDT by
With iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia, Apple is introducing a new personalized AI experience called Apple Intelligence that uses on-device, generative large-language models to enhance the user experience across iPhone, iPad, and Mac. These new AI features require Apple's latest iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models to work, while only Macs and iPads with M1 or later chips will...
amazon echo dot

Amazon Could Charge Up to $10/Month for Alexa

Friday June 21, 2024 2:55 pm PDT by
Apple competitor Amazon is working on a revamp of its Alexa assistant, and the new version could cost up $10 per month, according to a report from Reuters. The upcoming version of Alexa will support conversational generative AI, and Amazon is planning for two tiers of service. There will be a free tier and a second, premium tier that is priced at $5 at a minimum, with Amazon considering...
General Spotify Feature

Spotify Launches Cheaper $10.99/Month Premium Plan Without Audiobooks

Friday June 21, 2024 4:22 pm PDT by
Spotify today announced the launch of a new Basic paid plan that offers a small discount for dropping access to audiobooks. Priced at $10.99 per month, the Basic option includes all of the music benefits of Spotify like ad-free playback, but without added monthly audiobook listening time. The $11.99 standard Premium Individual plan that Spotify offers includes ad-free playback and 15 hours...
iPhone 16 Pro Max Generic Feature 2

5 Biggest Changes Rumored for iPhone 16 Pro Max

Wednesday June 19, 2024 5:00 am PDT by
Given Apple's rumored plan to add an all-new high-end tier to its iPhone 17 series in 2025, this could be the year for Apple to bring its boldest "Pro Max" model to the table — the kind of iPhone 16 upgrade that stands tall above its siblings, both figuratively and literally. If you have been holding out for the iPhone 16 Pro Max, here are five of the biggest changes rumored to be coming...

Top Rated Comments

LordQ Avatar
96 months ago
Boyfriend haha. Nice ads!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
red41 Avatar
96 months ago
My biggest problem with portrait mode is that it takes too much light to produce good results. I always try to take pictures inside and they either turn out really grainy or it flat out tells me there isn't enough light.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macTW Avatar
96 months ago
All these portrait mode commercials have been nice. Short yet entertaining, and well made but simple.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yanki01 Avatar
96 months ago
very nice but i still won't believe the photos they put out are taken with the iPhone only. they're also done with some extra lighting and other enhancements.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Larry-K Avatar
96 months ago
When are they going to quit cutting the top off of everybody's head in these things?

It's a cute feature, but it's not as dramatic as it's made out to be. The lighting and subjects in these shots are what make them interesting, that doesn't come with the phone.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Larry-K Avatar
96 months ago
I still really like their "Take Mine" commercial. It has lots of charm and also happens to make the iPhone look good. And they didn't need a narrator to tell us why it's good.
Not when they've got yodeling.
[doublepost=1487279123][/doublepost]
That's not strictly true in the sense you mean. Yes, of course they will have crew with reflectors and such to get the best results - but they use the iPhone to take them.

It's like saying taking photos at magic hour with great light is cheating compared to taking them indoors backlit against a window with crappy results. I wouldn't say that was cheating either. It's just common sense to anyone in photos.
Every iPhone comes complete with a Setting Sun and Colorful Greek Village, you can attach with a dongle.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)