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It’s Halide’s third birthday! Every year, we’re going to celebrate with a recap. Last year was big. Buckle up, because this one’s a rollercoaster.

In the last year, we’ve released five major updates to Halide. Our second app, Spectre, was chosen by Apple as 2019 iPhone App of the Year. While 2020 turned into a rather challenging year, we’re relieved to report things are going to be all right.

Even when things go well, one does well by remembering Ed Catmull’s advice: “Success hides problems.” That’s why we’re going to be fully transparent, sharing where we missed our marks, and a few of our anxieties. …


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After four years, we have a new budget-conscious iPhone. Like previous SE, it reaches that price point by sticking to components from previous generations. iFixIt found the the camera sensor interchangeable with that of an iPhone 8.

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An iPhone 8 side-by-side with an iPhone SE. Via iFixIt’s Teardown

If this were a story about hardware, we’d just tell you to read iPhone 8 reviews. In short, we think this is a fine camera, though it’s three years old. Sebastiaan is actively out shooting RAW shots with it to see just how well it stacks up.

But this story is about the software. This iPhone goes where no iPhone has gone before with “Single Image Monocular Depth Estimation.” In English, this is the first iPhone that can generate a portrait effect using nothing but a single, 2D image. …


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Welcome to Halide 1.14, our first big update after a busy summer. We’ve spent the last few months preparing for iOS 13 and new hardware, and we’re very excited to walk you through what’s new.

iPhone 11 and 11 Pro Support

We released a small lightning update on iPhone 11 launch day with basic support for the new cameras. Now we’re ready to release our big update.

We engineered new features that take advantage of the powerful new hardware in the latest and greatest iPhones, starting with…

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The Tactile Lens Switcher

In the past we’ve had a simple button that swaps between your wide angle and telephoto cameras. …

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