Apple announced the iPhone 11 yesterday and there was one aspect of the big release that might have passed some people by.

According to the Apple product page for the phone it can now take portrait photos of items and pets.

This was a feature that worked on the iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, but the iPhone XR was left in the cold. With the iPhone 11 the spiritual replacement for the iPhone XR, this new change is most welcome.

Take portraits to new places. With new kinds of portraits and more lighting controls, the dual cameras in iPhone 11 work together to create stunning images. And Portrait mode now works with everything you love to shoot — that includes your best friends, two‑legged or four.

Previously the iPhone XR was only able to take shots like that when it detected a human face, at least when using the stock Camera app. There were some third-party camera apps that allowed Portrait Mode to be used with non-humans, but the chances of most people using those are low.

The ability to take portraits of pets and objects, as well as make use of lighting controls, is a real feather in the cap of the iPhone 11. The iPhone XR’s lack of such features were a real ding against it, so this might allow some potential iPhone 11 Pro buyers to opt for the cheaper, more colorful iPhone instead.

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