Portrait Lighting

PortraitXI enables native Portrait photography on single-lens handsets

Apple’s iPhones sport some of the best mobile point-and-shoot cameras in the industry. While their megapixel counts aren’t always as high as some of the Android-powered handsets out there, an iPhone’s camera stands apart from the rest because of the powerful software that drives it, and this includes the Portrait mode that comes baked into the native Camera app.

Portrait mode comes in handy at times when trying to snap the ideal photograph of a subject – be it an object or a person. Sadly, it’s limited to handsets that are equipped with dual cameras, with the iPhone XR being the lone exception to this rule, but jailbreakers can now take advantage of a newly-released jailbreak tweak called PortraitXI by iOS developer foxfortmobile to circumvent this needless limitation.

LightsOn enables Portrait Lighting mode on the iPhone 7 Plus

If you have an iPhone X or 8 Plus, then you might be familiar with the Portrait Lighting feature that Apple conveniently bundled into your handset’s stock Camera app. It applies professional lighting effects to your photo subject with the help of your device’s dual camera setup and powerful processor.

The iPhone 7 Plus also sports a dual camera setup and a powerful processor, but Apple uses software to limit Portrait Lightning to the iPhone X and 8 Plus. Fortunately, a new free jailbreak tweak dubbed LightsOn by iOS developer Voltized can fix that.