‘Beautygate’: iPhone XS is Smoothing Skin in Selfies, Owners Complain
Apple’s new iPhone XS and XS Max are at the center of a new controversy some have dubbed ‘Beautygate.’ The front-facing camera is said to be automatically smoothing skin in selfies, and there’s no way to turn this “beauty filter” off.
When shooting selfies, the iPhone XS and XS Max reportedly adjust colors and apply “aggressive” skin smoothing that hides fine details such as blemishes, freckles, and more.
On September 25th, a comparison photo shared on Reddit took off and received a considerable amount of attention:
The next day, Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy published this 7-minute video reporting the same issue:
“So it looks like, whatever processing is going on here, with the facial recognition, and this smart HDR and whatever extras are there — because it’s even happening with Smart HDR turned off — is resulting in this almost covert beauty mode, this secret beauty mode,” Hilsenteger says.
Turning off HDR doesn’t make this smoothing go away — there’s currently no known way to avoid it.