iPhone 13 Pro models feature an upgraded Ultra Wide camera 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. While Apple's Macro Mode is limited to ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ models, owners of older iPhones can also take close-up shots, thanks to popular third-party camera app Halide.

UI Closeup Macro 4
Halide's Macro Mode works by checking which one of your iPhone's camera lenses can focus the closest and switches to it. It provides ultra-precise focus control down to the sub-millimeter for a sharp image, while an AI-based feature called Neural Macro further enhances the close-up details of photos, post-shoot.

The feature is available on all iPhones with a Neural Engine, including the ‌iPhone‌ 8 and newer. The feature is available as a free update for all existing users. For new users, the Halide app is priced at $2.99 per month or $11.99 per year, or $49.99 as a one-time purchase. The following instructions outline the steps required to get it working.

  1. Launch the Halide app.
  2. Tap the AF button to switch to manual focus.
  3. Tap the flower icon.
  4. Line up your close-up subject in the viewfinder, then tap the shutter to take your shot. Note that you can also adjust the focus more precisely using the Macro Focus Dial.

halide

If you already have an ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ model, Halide's Macro Mode essentially stacks on top of Apple's Macro Mode, which can allow for even more highly magnified close-up shots.

Related Stories

iOS 15 Focus Feature

How to Schedule and Automate Focus Modes

Monday July 26, 2021 3:35 pm PDT by
Apple's new Focus feature in iOS 15 lets you set up your device to help you be in the moment and zone in on a single thing. Focus does this by filtering notifications based on what you're doing, and you can customize Focus modes for specific scenarios. You can activate a Focus on your iPhone when you want to reduce distractions and spotlight your attention on something, but you can also...
gmail privacy added feature

How to Send Expiring Emails on iPhone and iPad

Monday February 28, 2022 3:08 pm PST by
Unlike Apple Mail, Gmail for iPhone and iPad offers users the facility to send emails that are passcode protected and expire after a specified time. This article explains how it's done. If you need to send private information to someone over email, it's best to do it securely, which is why Gmail includes an optional "confidential mode" for sending messages of a sensitive nature. By...
multiple copies same app home screen

How to Add the Same App to Multiple Home Screens on Your iPhone

Wednesday March 9, 2022 1:15 pm PST by
In iOS 15, you can put multiple copies of the same app on your iPhone's Home Screen. On the surface, this may seem like a strange thing to allow, and perhaps even a bug, but Apple has intentionally made it possible to have additional copies of an app across several Home Screen pages so that the apps can be used in conjunction with its new Focus features. One of the functions of Focus is that ...
iOS 15 Focus Feature

iOS 15: How to Activate a Focus

Wednesday July 21, 2021 3:47 pm PDT by
Apple's new Focus feature in iOS 15 lets you set your device to help you be in the moment by creating a custom Focus or selecting a suggested one based on the context, like during work hours or while you're winding down for bed. You can activate a Focus on your iPhone when you want to reduce distractions and give over your attention to a single thing. Simply launch the Control Center by ...
macbook air facetime camera

How to Enable Wide Spectrum Audio in FaceTime on Mac

Thursday February 17, 2022 3:19 pm PST by
In macOS Monterey, Apple brings several enhancements to its FaceTime video and audio calling platform, including new visual and audio effects to improve your call experience. One of the audio features is Wide Spectrum mode. This microphone mode brings every single sound into your call, making it ideal for when you want the other person to hear everything that's happening in the space you're ...
iOS 15 Focus Feature

iOS 15: How to Delete a Focus

Wednesday July 21, 2021 3:50 pm PDT by
In iOS 15, Apple's Focus feature lets you set up Focus modes that when enabled help reduce distractions and allow you to turn your attention to a particular thing. iOS 15 comes with a handful of pre-set Focus modes, like Sleep, Personal, and Work, and you can also create your own custom configurations to filter notifications based on what you're doing. But how do you delete a Focus you no...
iOS 15 Focus Feature

iOS 15: How to Create a Focus

Monday July 19, 2021 11:47 am PDT by
In iOS 15, Apple introduced a new Focus feature that aims to help reduce distractions and let you zone in on a single thing. Focus does this by filtering notifications based on what you're doing. With Focus, you can set your device to help you be in the moment by creating a custom Focus or selecting a suggested one based on the context, like during work hours or while you're winding down for ...
iphone 13 macro

iPhone 13 Pro: How to Shoot Macro Photography

Friday September 24, 2021 1:28 pm PDT by
With the launch of the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, Apple introduced Macro mode, a new camera feature that's exclusive to the Pro models and brings the immensely detailed world of close-up macro photography to iPhones for the first time. Keep reading to learn how it works. With Macro mode enabled, you can take pictures or video of subjects that are as close as 2cm to your iPhone's camera lens, ...

Popular Stories

iPhone 14 Dummies 1 Feature

Everything Rumored for Apple's September Event: iPhone 14, Apple Watch Pro and More

Friday August 12, 2022 2:34 pm PDT by
There's just about a month to go until Apple holds its annual September event focusing on new iPhone and Apple Watch models. We thought we'd take a quick look at everything that's rumored for Apple's September event to give MacRumors readers a rundown on what to expect when the first fall event rolls around. iPhone 14 The iPhone 14 can probably be described more as an "iPhone 13S" because...
z fold 4 1

Hands-On With Samsung's Latest Foldable Smartphones, the Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip

Friday August 12, 2022 12:46 pm PDT by
Samsung this week launched its fourth-generation foldable devices, the $1,000 Galaxy Z Flip and the $1,800 Galaxy Z Fold. Though there's no sign of a comparable Apple foldable device on the horizon, rumors suggest prototypes are in the works, so we thought we'd take a look at Samsung's newest smartphones to see what Apple needs to measure up to when a foldable iPhone does come out. Subscribe ...
iPhone 14 Pro Purple Rear Flat MacRumors Exclusive

iPhone 14 Pro: Analyst Believes Storage Will Continue to Start at 128GB Despite Rumored Price Increase

Friday August 12, 2022 7:04 am PDT by
It wouldn't be the month before an iPhone launch without a few back-and-forth rumors, with the latest debate concerning iPhone 14 Pro storage. iPhone 14 Pro render by Ian Zelbo While research firm TrendForce forecasted that iPhone 14 Pro models could start with an increased 256GB of storage, Haitong International analyst Jeff Pu today forecasted that the upcoming Pro models will continue to...
iPhone 14 Pro Purple Front and Back MacRumors Exclusive feature

iPhone 14 Is Just a Few Weeks Away: Three Tips to Prepare for the New iPhone

Wednesday August 10, 2022 4:08 am PDT by
The launch of the new iPhone 14 is just a few weeks away, meaning millions of iPhone customers will soon upgrade their existing iPhone or perhaps get an iPhone for the first time. Exclusive MacRumors iPhone 14 Pro renders by graphic designer Ian Zelbo Whether upgrading from an older model or this is your first iPhone, we've rounded up a few tips to help you prepare for the next flagship...
iPhone 14 Pro Lineup Feature Silver

Kuo: Apple to Increase Prices of iPhone 14 Pro Models

Wednesday August 10, 2022 8:22 am PDT by
Apple plans to increase the prices of iPhone 14 Pro models compared to iPhone 13 Pro models, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo did not reveal exact pricing for the iPhone 14 Pro models. However, in a tweet today, he estimated that the average selling price of the iPhone 14 lineup as a whole will increase by about 15% compared to the iPhone 13 lineup. In the United States, the iPhone...
top stories 13aug2022

Top Stories: New Battery Percentage Icon in iOS 16, USB-C AirPods Rumor, and More

Saturday August 13, 2022 6:00 am PDT by
This week brought some shocking news for iOS 16 beta testers, with Apple bringing back the iPhone battery percentage to the status bar after a number of years. Other news and rumors this week included word that Apple has started recording portions of its media event planned for next month to introduce the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8, claims about iPhone 14 Pro pricing and Apple's...