A new update is added at the end of this story…….
The original (released on October 9, 2021) is as follows.
Apple launched its latest iPhone 13 series a few weeks ago on September 14th. Since then, these iPhones have reached millions of users around the world.
Apple’s latest lineup includes four models: iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. And as usual, the Pro models come with some design and camera upgrades compared to the non-Pro ones.
Both the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max include many new camera features. It also has a function to automatically switch to the macro lens depending on the situation.
However, this new automatic macro mode seemed to annoy some users when trying to capture nearby objects. When the camera lens switches, there is a flicker inside the camera viewfinder that looks like a bug.
Apparently I’m not the only one experiencing this. Hope this is fixed soon! Flicker is clearly visible even when shooting video (Source)
@Apple Why is my camera flickering?sauce)
Quite frankly, this is not the problem. Instead, Apple just developed the camera app on his iPhone 13 (pro model) to automatically switch to the macro lens when you get close to your subject.
It looks like the screen flickers, but it’s really just a lens change. What Apple missed here is adding a toggle to allow users to turn off this automatic lens switching feature to avoid flickering.
This whole situation was explained by well-known YouTuber MKBHD in his recent iPhone 13 Pro review, which you can check out below.
Many people who have actually used the iPhone 13 Pro or 13 Pro Max are completely unaware of this feature and only consider it a bug.
Apple, on the other hand, is already working on it and seems to be working on adding a toggle switch in the upcoming iOS 15.1 update.
In fact, an option to disable automatic switching between lenses has already appeared in the latest iOS 15.1 beta.
With the 3rd beta of iOS 15.1, you can easily find the macro mode toggle in settings that can be toggled on or off, but there’s a catch.
Added toggle to turn off auto macro mode, but no option to go back to macro mode when turned off in settings.
I hope Apple fixes this issue as soon as possible, even if it’s not a problem. These little things can often ruin the user experience that no one expects after spending a huge amount of money.
We’ll keep you updated when Apple confirms by adding a dedicated toggle to turn off the iPhone 13’s camera flicker effect.
Update 1 (November 13, 2021)
10:20 AM IST: Apple finally added a manual macro mode toggle in the iOS 15.2 update, allowing you to turn it on/off directly from your camera.
Update 2 (January 16, 2023)
12:40 AM (IST): More than a year after the first relevant reports, iPhone 13 users affected by the “camera flickering” issue are still appearing after the iOS 16 update (1, 2, 3).
Update 3 (January 18, 2023)
12:44 PM (IST): A community specialist has suggested some troubleshooting steps to deal with flickering. So anyone still having this issue can check here.
Update 4 (January 23, 2023)
2:13 PM (IST): The troubleshooting steps suggested by Apple Support don’t help, but restarting the iPhone fixed one issue for the affected one.
So, you might as well try this potential workaround and see if it fixes the issue.
Update 5 (January 24, 2023)
3:04 PM (IST): Now that the iOS 16.3 update is available, users affected by this bug can install it to see if it’s fixed.
Update 6 (January 25, 2023)
6:47 PM (IST): Moderators asked users to contact Apple Support and provide feedback if they are still facing this issue.
Update 7 (January 27, 2023)
1:00 PM (IST): The issue of camera viewfinder flickering when trying to take an image or video seems to affect iPhone 14 series smartphones as well.
Camera flickers when shooting video at 4K 60 FPS. What is the use of 4K if it destroys flicker and smoothness.
The reason why I can’t take pictures with my iPhone 14 Pro is because the iPhone 14 Pro is constantly flickering and out of focus.
Update 8 (30 January 2023)
1:35 PM (IST): The latest iOS 16.3 update reportedly fixed this issue for iPhone 13 users.
Update 9 (January 31, 2023)
5:50 PM (IST): Apple support team demanding Affected users should send their details to a DM on Twitter so we can investigate the issue.
Update 10 (1 February 2023)
1:48 PM (IST): The Redditor points out that the flickering issue only occurs when shooting with the main lens, and the zoom and wide-angle lenses work fine.
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