Snapchat has started rolling out its TrueDepth selfie lenses

SnapChat is Releasing Special AR Lenses for iPhone X Users

There's three of them at launch, and you can try them now.

That's because the face filters work using Apple's TrueDepth camera.

The lenses include a Mardi Gras mask, a Day of the Dead skull, and a gold-plated eye cover.

Sadly, it's impossible for Snapchat to add these high-quality filters to older iPhone models.

With so much about data privacy issues going on these days, not to mention Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, it is only fair to ask how much of TrueDepth camera data does Apple share with third-party apps like Snapchat. You can see screenshots of them above. The new iPhone X Lenses were part of Apple's big reveal for the smartphone in September a year ago, and indeed one of the few things the company demonstrated that tapped into the complex camera array. It's not clear how long these iPhone X masks will stay in the rotation ... or if Snapchat plans to develop any more in future.


Does this make you want to buy an iPhone X?

Basically, the new lenses are AR Mask for the iPhone X and these lenses are compatible to work with the full face of the users.

The new filters were first previewed during the unveiling of the iPhone X in September by Craig Federighi who opted to wear a green, yellow, black and blue wrestler-style face mask on stage, available now to users alongside a glittery tiara and an "ornate, bejewelled" face mask. The depth gathers the data which allows these masks to be more precise and adhere a subject's face. And, the mathematical representation of that data (used for unlocking the iPhone X through Face ID) is kept out of developers' reach.

As soon as you open the app and focus the camera on your face, the lenses will automatically stick to your face with respect to the jawline area. Those 3D objects can also reflect and react to ambient lighting, producing shadows and highlights that follow the contours of your face and the surroundings. It has been nearly seven months since the announcement, but they they are finally available. We recently played around with an app called Rainbrow made by developer Nathan Gitter that uses facial expressions to control the character in the game.

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