When Apple unveiled the iPhone XS, the company’s execs made it a point to assert that the capabilities of the device’s cameras are above and beyond its predecessors. Recently, however, some users of the iPhone XS started noticing that their new smartphones seemed to be applying a filter on their selfies, making their skin appear smoother on photos. Hence, in true Apple tradition, “Beauty-Gate” was born.
According to a Cult of Mac report, Beauty-Gate started after a Reddit user noted that there is a significant difference in the quality of the photos taken from the iPhone X and the iPhone XS’ front-facing cameras. Selfies taken with the older iPhone X looked natural and clear, while images taken by the newer iPhone XS were warm and smoothed out. It was almost as if Apple was applying a “Beautify” filter on the photos taken by its front-facing camera. Needless to say, many were not amused.