When it launches, the upcoming iOS 13.2 update will add Apple’s “Deep Fusion” camera feature to the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro. You can, however, access this feature right now by downloading the iOS 13.2 beta.
Deep Fusion is an AI-powered camera feature exclusive to the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro that takes multiple shots at different levels of exposure. Your camera then intelligently combines them — creating sharper, more vivid photos without requiring users to fiddle with settings, turn on special modes, or apply post-processing filters.
To get Deep Fusion early, you’ll need to opt into the iOS beta program by pulling up this site within Safari on your device and installing the public beta profile. Once it’s installed, you can either wait for your device to receive the update, or go to Settings > General > Software Update to manually download and install it.
Despite Deep Fusion being automatically installed as part of the iOS 13.2 update, some users may be confused by how to use it since there are no icons in the iOS camera app, toggles in the system settings, or alerts in the notifications tray indicating its presence.
The only way to know your device has Deep Fusion is by taking photos. At least, that’s what some early reports claim, and it seems unlikely that this will be changed for the public release.
That may sound counter-intuitive, but Apple expects the iPhone 11 to do all the work for you. Unlike having to enable, say, the Night Mode on a Pixel device, the iPhone 11’s camera AI will simply know when to use Deep Fusion’s new Night Mode and Smart HDR photo settings automatically.
I’m curious how users will feel about not having direct control over the Deep Fusion features — especially those who prefer to fine-tune their camera settings on the fly — but Apple seems confident in the decision. Feel free to share your experience in the comments if you download the iOS 13.2 beta and try out the new camera features yourself.