The three new filters make use of the information provided by the innovative TrueDepth camera hardware in iPhone X to place the filters more accurately and realistically on a detected face.
Snapchat is generally thought of as the pioneer of augmented reality-based facial filters by a huge percentage of average device owners. We all know that this type of technology existed prior to Snap Inc. integrating it into its app but that it really takes one big company with a huge following to bring the technology and functionality into the mainstream.
Now, as part of what would appear to be an attempt to take it to the next level and truly show what the technology is capable of, these three new filters take the iPhone X and perfectly use the depth information provided by its TrueDepth camera system.
Snapchat has included an old-school wrestling mask, a filter with a tiara, and a jewelled mask creation, which use the depth information to perfectly fit the mask to the contours of the users face, ensuring that it looks as close to being a real mask as is possible. Some of these filters were initially shown off by Apple’s Craig Federighi during iPhone X launch keynote last year. The new capability is impressive enough and will certainly appeal to iPhone X owners who will feel that they have a little something extra over other device owners. However, Snapchat is also going a slight step further by using that same camera system to apply depth effects in real-time, similar to what Apple does with the Portrait Lighting mode on iPhone X.
There has been no change in how these filters are accessed so iPhone X owners won’t have any new interaction methods or hidden gestures to learn. Using the front-facing camera and tapping and holding on the screen will bring up the filters that everyone knows and loves.
The first three that appear will be the brand new iPhone X filters, but remember, if you use the filter, then you are obliged to ensure that you share the creation with everyone in your social circles.