If you like the idea of the portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus but just can’t afford one, there’s some good news. Those who own an iPhone 5s or newer will soon be able to take advantage of this too.

FabFocus App iPhone 7 Plus
Image source Second Verse

The iPhone 7 Plus’ portrait mode works in combination with the dual-lens camera, enabling the background of images to be blurred and the foreground to stand out sharply thanks to depth-of-field technology. The result is what’s called the bokeh effect, and you don’t need to shell out money for Apple’s most expensive phone just to get it–as long as you have an iPhone 5s or newer.

How can you get bokeh without the iPhone 7 Plus?

Soon to hit the App Store is a new app created by Second Verse called FabFocus. The app will work on any iPhone up from the 5s, and that covers a lot of handsets. So that means there are going to be lots of people enjoying the delights of bokeh even without a dual-lens.

FabFocus is set to launch next week, and as of right now, we don’t know if it will be free or require a fee. However, the developers have published images that show just how similar its images are to those taken with the iPhone 7 Plus. FabFocus uses facial recognition technology to give older iPhones DSLR-like depth-of-field and bokeh effects. And to do this, it uses three different technologies.

Distinctive features help your images stand out

The app has been created to give other iPhones as good a quality image as what is possible with the camera built into the iPhone 7 Plus handset. However, without the following technologies, none of this would be possible.

Automatic Depth of Field

FabFocus uses an advanced facial recognition AI to detects a person/persons in the foreground of a shot. Once it has done this, it blurs what it thinks is the background and produces images with amazing effect.

Bokeh

Users of the iPhone 7 Plus have fallen in love with the benefits of bokeh. To bring this effect to other iPhone models, FabFocus quickly adjusts blur and transforms any point of light. It can customize these transformations and aperture sizes.

Quick Touch Up

This final feature is for minor image adjustments, for which a finger is used to adjust the on-screen tool. The tool will then alter a picture to get it just how the taker wants it, which could mean the perfect snap.

Final thoughts

Personally, I can’t wait until this app launches on the App Store. While I’m not a photographer in any sense of the word, I do post the odd picture to social media. So anything that could give my pics a new edge would be greatly received.

What about iPhone 7 or older iPhone owners out there? Will you be taking advantage of this new app when it arrives? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.