It was just a couple of weeks ago that we showed you a jailbreak tweak called Aperturize, which unlocked a variety of different bokeh features on unsupported devices – both before and after snapping the picture. But for those on a budget, a new free release called ShutterDepthControl by iOS developer Jbrownllama just might suffice.
ShutterDepthControl isn’t as full-featured as Aperturize was, but it can still enable depth control on most unsupported dual-lensed devices such as the iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, and X. For reference, Apple only officially supports native depth control on the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max.
Once you’ve installed ShutterDepthControl on any of those unsupported dual-lensed devices, you can toggle Portrait photography mode in your Camera app and you’ll see the depth slider in the app, just above the shutter button. From here, you can drag the slider left or right to adjust the magnitude of the bokeh effect, just as you could on the iPhone XR, XS, or XS Max.
ShutterDepthControl adds a preference pane to the Settings app where you can toggle the tweak on or off on demand:
After you’ve changed this setting, you’re advised to force-quit the Camera app via the App Switcher and re-launch it prior to trying to use the depth control function. This ensures that the tweak takes effect.
Whether you’re just trying to bypass Apple’s silly software-centric limitations or you’re looking to improve your iPhone photography, ShutterDepthControl could be a great option. On the other hand, keep in mind that older hardware tends to lag more when introducing new features made specifically for newer hardware.
If you’re interested in trying ShutterDepthControl, then you can download it from Cydia’s BigBoss repository for free. The tweak supports all jailbroken iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, and X devices running iOS 12.
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