When Apple introduced the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max models, it debuted a new camera feature that enables macro photography, allowing users to take close-up photos of flowers, insects, and other objects that are as close as 2cm to the camera lens.
When Macro Mode is enabled, the iPhone camera automatically switches from the Wide lens to the Ultra Wide lens when an object is placed within 5.5 inches of the rear camera. (The viewfinder still shows "1x" framing, but the camera relies on the Ultra Wide lens for autofocus.)
From the user's perspective, this results in the viewfinder jittering as it attempts to choose between a regular wide or wide-macro shot. While this automatic camera switching is intentional to help users better capture close-up details, it can be annoying because it can be difficult to get a shot with the camera constantly swapping back and forth.
For that reason, with iOS 15.1, Apple is adding a toggle to turn off the automatic macro mode. The following steps show you how to disable it.
- Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Scroll down and tap Camera.
- Scroll down and toggle the switch next to Auto Macro so that it's in the OFF position.
Now when you're using the Camera app, the lenses will be prevented from automatically switching to the Ultra Wide camera for macro photos and videos.