Popular Camera App 'Halide' Gains Portrait Mode Support, New Depth Effects

Tuesday March 6, 2018 5:00 AM PST by Juli Clover

Popular camera app Halide, which provides iPhone users with more control when taking pictures with their iPhones, today received a major update that introduces several new features.

Photos with Portrait effects are now available in the Halide app, with Halide incorporating a mix of smart facial detection and point of interest detection to create Portrait mode photos with background blur effects.


Portrait Mode is combined with a new "Depth Peaking" feature that's designed to show an outline of the camera's 3D space when capturing a photo that uses depth effects. A new Portrait Preview mode will also show a preview of what Portrait effects will look like when turned on.


All depth-enabled photos captured with Halide can be viewed using a new 3D photo viewer, allowing users to "walk around and through" captured scenes to see depth in a new way.

On the iPhone X, Halide now offers support for the front-facing TrueDepth camera, offering a new set of depth tools for taking selfies with Portrait effects within the Halide app. The front-facing camera also supports Depth Peaking and can allow users to export depth maps to be loaded in other image editors.


In addition to these new features, Halide 1.7 offers faster photo capture times, better responsiveness, and a quicker startup time, along with new design features and support for opening photos in the Darkroom photo editing app with a single touch.

To celebrate the launch of the new version of Halide, the app is discounted to $2.99 for the next 48 hours. [Direct Link]

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27 months ago
Yes - love you guys but you should post once the app update is actually out :)
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27 months ago

Would love to try it but 1.7 isn't out yet, still shows 1.6.

You guys do know how the App Store works, right?

If the update is not there yet, go back in a few hours and check it again. Repeat until you have the update.

The current version of the app is at the sale price, so if the price is the important part of this new version you can buy it now and it'll update as soon as it's available.

Have a great day!
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27 months ago
Would love to try it but 1.7 isn't out yet, still shows 1.6.
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27 months ago

Ok when are they going to push the update?

I checked out the HalideCamera twitter feed ('https://twitter.com/halidecamera'), they are waiting as (im)patiently as are the rest of us. Halide is speculating an issue with the App Store servers- major pipe clog, but no definitive word on when we will be getting it.

Halide did post the release on Twitter this morning, but it can be a challenge when having to coordinate the announcement with an App Store server push/update! Not the first and not the last update that didn't work as planned.
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27 months ago

You guys do know how the App Store works, right?

If the update is not there yet, go back in a few hours and check it again. Repeat until you have the update.

The current version of the app is at the sale price, so if the price is the important part of this new version you can buy it now and it'll update as soon as it's available.

Have a great day!

Yes I do, I'm a programmer myself. And while it's totally acceptable to post "preview" articles like macrumors does and I most certainly welcome them, very much enjoy their content. The article makes it seem like this is already available. This is why I posted what I posted.
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27 months ago

I checked out the HalideCamera twitter feed ('https://twitter.com/halidecamera'), they are waiting as (im)patiently as are the rest of us. Halide is speculating an issue with the App Store servers- major pipe clog, but no definitive word on when we will be getting it.

Halide did post the release on Twitter this morning, but it can be a challenge when having to coordinate the announcement with an App Store server push/update! Not the first and not the last update that didn't work as planned.

Well I think MacRumors needs to update this article ASAP and not mislead readers again. This is unacceptable.
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