People are complaining the iPhone XS camera's processing is too aggressive

Key Points
  • People say the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Plus are over-smoothing their skin in selfie photos.
  • Some folks prefer selfie-pictures to be accurate, while others like the smoothing or "beauty" effects.
  • This could just be part of the smoothing that helps improve low-light photos, however.
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CNBC | Magdalena Petrova

People are complaining about the front-facing "selfie" camera on Apple's new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. In a thread on Reddit, owners of the new iPhone XS say the camera is over-processing their faces with filters that smooth out their skin.

"It's like really poor Photoshopping by someone trying to "airbrush" with no clue about how to subtly touch up a photo," one person said.

This is a feature in a lot of modern smartphones, usually called a beauty filter, though most let you adjust it or turn it off completely. Its usual purpose is to make skin look clearer, and it usually does a pretty good job getting rid of things like acne or rashes in selfie-photos — at least if you want that. Apple hasn't ever offered a so-called beauty filter, however.

Here's what's more likely happening: Apple's new cameras also focus on improving low-light photos, and smoothing out grainy images in low-light situations would cause this effect.

It's not a problem I noticed myself while testing the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. I like the way both cameras function, but these things usually boil down to personal preference.

Usually, skin-smoothing effects can be fixed with a software update. AppleInsider said people inside Apple are aware of the complaints and are "looking into the situation."

Apple was not immediately available to comment.

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