In recent years, there has been a fierce arms race over smartphone cameras. With better sensors and lenses frequently serving as the primary selling point of each year’s new models, manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, Google, and many more have been vying to add ever-bigger sensors and further-reaching zooms.

Yet, even with the most modern versions, a zoom that is actually useful is often only available on the priciest model—in the case of Apple’s phones, the iPhone 14 Pro. Lower-end models continue to regularly use digital zooms, which don’t always result in fantastic pictures. But, AI might be the answer (if you are looking to upgrade your iPhone, see our roundup of the best iPhone 14 prices and the best iPhone 14 cases).

Halide’s Neural Telephoto tool essentially aims to provide iPhone users with a “virtual telephoto lens” that performs better than the terrible digital zooms that owners of lower-spec phones must endure.

The normal iPhone lacks a physical telephoto lens even in Apple’s newest model, the iPhone 14, but the Pro delivers a total of 6x optical zoom, from the 0.5x ultrawide camera to the 3x telephoto. By using digital zoom, you frequently “get foggy results, and diagonal lines look a bit jagged,” as Halide observes. However, it asserts that its Neural Telephoto, which is driven by artificial intelligence (AI), uses machine learning to enhance the details in such photographs, producing a false 2x telephoto.

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