Halide Developer Details Hidden Macro Camera Feature in 2021 iPad Pro

Whenever Apple announces a new product with improved camera technology, the creators of popular photography app Halide frequently go deep into the new camera features to give us an inside look at how things function behind the scenes.

Sebastiaan de With, the Halide developer, offered a look at the cameras in the new iPad Pro 11 and 12.9-inch devices today, revealing a hidden macro feature. The camera of the iPad Pro is designed differently from the iPhone camera, allowing it to focus on objects that are considerably closer to the sensor.

The iPhone's camera can focus to a distance of roughly eight centimeters, while the iPad's camera can focus far closer, allowing for macro images that aren't possible with the iPhone.

According to De With, he was using the iPad on his lap when he observed how well it focused on his pant leg, prompting him to experiment with other items. "The iPad comes with a microscope," he says

As the rear camera in the 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models has not changed from the prior-generation camera used in the 2020 versions, older iPad Pros appear to be able to utilize the close-up shot capabilities as well.

The LiDAR sensor-assisted autofocus function on the iPad Professional digicam can be difficult to use; De With recommends using a digicam program like Halide for iPad to put it into manual focus mode right away.

The most significant upgrade to the 2021 M1 iPad Professional models is a revised front-facing digicam that allows for a brand new Extremely Extensive "Heart Stage" capability that pans and zooms with you as you move about a room when on video chats.

The Ultra-Wide camera utilized for Center Stage has a 120-degree field of vision, but it's purely software-based rather than hardware-based. The M1 iPad Pro still has a single front-facing camera that can handle both the usual focal length and the wider vision.

M1 microprocessor. The iPad Pro is the quickest gadget of its kind, thanks to M1. It's built to take full advantage of M1's superior image signal processor and unified memory architecture, as well as other superior performance and unique technologies. And, thanks to M1's amazing power efficiency, iPad Pro remains thin and light while providing all-day battery life, making it both portable and powerful.

The front-facing camera system on the M1 iPad Pro boasts 12 megapixels to enable a more seamless 'dual-camera system,' which is totally generated in software. The camera is ultra-wide and only ultra-wide; thanks to software corrections and additional megapixels, the system can simply crop that broad, detailed camera feed down to its original focal length.

Apple has done something similar with the newer iPhone models, cropping in the conventional front-facing camera view from the wide-angle perspective. According to De With, Apple's Center Stage feature is a "really outstanding bit of software" that can only be achieved with tight software-hardware interaction.