iOS 15 beta 4: Tester confirms Camera automatically fixes lens flare issue
iOS 15 is slated to launch soon, and aside from the new features it will deliver, beta testers are also discovering some much-needed fixes that could be released in the upcoming operating system update. In iOS 15 beta 4, the latest version for the public beta, users have confirmed that Apple is addressing a known issue in the Camera app.
Over the last year, several iPhone users have reported seeing a lens flare or lights being refracted when taking photos with their devices. Based on multiple user reports, the issue appears to be present on iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 models. The good news, though, is Apple seemingly added a fix in iOS 15 beta 4.
A Reddit user shared a couple of images taken on an iPhone running iOS 15 beta 4 to confirm that a fix is underway. The photos captured scenery with the sun on the right side. In the live photo, a green flare can be seen on the other side of the photo. However, in post-processing, the flare is no longer visible, suggesting that the OS update was able to automatically fixed it after processing.
While this should be a welcome change, other users in the Reddit thread reported that the lens flare fix in iOS 15 beta 4 seems to only work in certain conditions. Another Reddit user shared several photos, including an outdoor shot with the sun and trees in the background, a shot of the sky and the sun through a screened window, and a photo of indoor light. In all three conditions, the processed images still show flares of light.
But it is worth noting that since the fix was spotted in iOS 15 beta 4, there is still a chance that Apple is working on improving its mechanism. It is yet to be seen if there would be improvements in future updates and the final version of iOS 15.
iOS 15 is now available in public beta, so people who are enrolled in the Apple Beta Program should be able to install it and discover the new features and fixes Apple is planning to launch in the coming months. But for people who do not want to encounter issues that are normal in beta tests may only have to wait a few weeks for the official release of iOS 15. It is expected to go live along with the launch of new iPhones that could happen as early as September.