So, the iPhone X is in people’s hands now, and with it, the uber-high-resolution and incredible detail of its very good selfie camera.
So good, in fact, that some of the people using it are slightly horrified.
The iPhone X comes with Apple’s brand new TrueDepth camera on the front, which shoots selfies using a 7-megapixel camera and employs an infrared camera to capture the nuanced depth features in faces. It’s shockingly better than any other front-facing mobile camera available.
iPhone X front camera is too good for my mug 😂 pic.twitter.com/e5BYKWqt7R
— COURTNEY 🧝🏻♀️🍄 (@hufflepuggs) November 6, 2017
But not everyone’s so, uh, keen on seeing their faces in such incredible detail.
As one user noted:
the iphone x camera makes me a little uncomfortable idk if i wanna see myself, or anyone else for that matter, that clearly
— 𝔩𝔦𝔩 𝔪𝔞𝔪𝔞 (@purexdevotion) November 6, 2017
It’s true. Even in our Instagram-obsessed world (one that allows us to layer filters and color over our actual faces), the realities of imperfection can be easily hidden or ignored. Perhaps the same can be done for high-resolution iPhone X selfies, but the TrueDepth system is still revealing a bit of dissatisfaction for how we really appear — at least, for some folks.
But seriously the camera on the iPhone X makes me 100x more ugly.
— Trevor Velasco (@Tvelasco34) November 6, 2017
I wouldn’t have much use for the iphone X. That camera is too good man all anyone would see is my dry ass skin and bags under my eyes in perfect HD quality.
— Miami Dolphins 12-4 (@GuerreroBenny) November 6, 2017
The TrueDepth camera system is absurdly precise — but that’s because it has to be. It’s the same camera responsible for the iPhone X’s face-scanning recognition system, Face ID, which allows access to a user’s phone with just a glance. If that same camera system lacked precision, someone else’s face could potentially unlock your phone (although, Apple notes, there’s still a one-in-a-million chance someone could unlock your phone with a similar face).
Apple calls the iPhone X “the future of the iPhone,” so it seems like we’ll all have to get used to what we truly look like — or get better filters — because Apple’s not about to make worse cameras just to soothe our insecurities. There is, of course, the option to use the iPhone X’s other camera to take photos. But this might be even more unappealing. As Mashable‘s Raymond Wong notes, “For most people, [the iPhone X’s] cameras are better than a ‘real’ camera…”
Dare one ask: Might Apple’s TrueDepth camera usher in the end of the selfie? Yeah, right.
We’ll just have to live with, you know, our faces. In the sharpest light possible.