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Developers have finally got their hands on the beta version of iOS 14, the newest iteration of the iPhone operating system from Apple. It comes with loads of tweaks and changes, like a home screen with widgets, picture in picture options, and a new Translate app. Something that might slip under the radar, but could make huge changes to your selfies is tucked away, and it’s called Mirror Front Camera.

The option of Mirror Front Camera is another improvement on the selfie experience, hot on the heels of the “slofie” option that came with the iPhone 11, notes Alison DeNisco Rayome for cnet. It’s interesting to note, the feature has been a mainstay of selfie cameras on Android devices for years. Basically, when you enable the mode and take a picture with your front-facing camera, you’ll get a mirror image – normally your camera flips it and it’s not great because what you get isn’t what you saw on your screen as you were snapping away. 

It might not be an absolute game-changer for your selfies, but it might make some people happier because they’ll get the reversed version of the image, like when looking in the mirror.

It’s worth remembering that the current version of the iOS 14 can only be accessed by developers. To get your hands on the early version you’ll need to get yourself an Apple developer account, which will set you back $99 each year. If you decide to get iOS 14, note that it’s still a beta version and it’s going to be buggy. The public beta will be out in July or you can even wait for the final release that lands in the fall. Whilst you’re waiting for the operating system to land, we’re going to talk you through the Mirror Front Camera setting so you can the article and come back once you’ve upgraded. 

By default, Mirror Front Camera is disabled when you first install iOS 14. To get it turned on, you need to:

Open Settings > Camera. Find the option called Composition, and switch on Mirror Front Camera. From there, go back into your camera app and activate your front-facing, selfie camera. When you see the image you’ll see yourself looking back like in the mirror, rather than a flipped image.

To turn the mode back off, all you need to do is go back into the menu and toggle the menu option off.

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