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iOS 18 lets you change the radius and focus of the iPhone’s flashlight

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On Monday, at the WWDC 2024 keynote, Apple talked about the new features and changes coming to iOS 18. The fresh update will bring a new password app, Apple Intelligence service, dark mode for icons, game mode, new wallpapers, and a T9 dialer, among other features .

However, there’s a small but useful addition that Apple didn’t talk about during the keynote: you’ll now be able to change the radius of your iPhone’s flashlight. iOS 18 has a new animated user interface for the flashlight, where you can swipe horizontally to change the radius or focus of the light and swipe vertically to adjust the intensity.

While the stable version of iOS 18 will be released later this year, you can try the feature in the developer beta update available for supported iPhone models. As shown in demo videos uploaded by users on X (formerly Twitter), you can turn on the flashlight from the Control Center or Lock screen, and the animated UI will drop down from the dynamic island. You can tap on the dynamic island if the UI doesn’t appear.

A possible explanation for this feature is that Apple gave users manual control of the Adaptive True Tone flash that the company introduced with the iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max. At Apple’s own words, The iPhone’s adaptive flash uses “an array of nine LEDs that change patterns based on the selected focal length.”

iOS 18 also brings another change related to flashlight. Apple now allows users to customize the buttons on the lock screen, which now shows flashlight and camera options by default in iOS 17. This can prevent users from accidentally turning on the flashlight when holding their iPhone, as they can replace the button with something else.

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