What's New


Right on the heels of our major 1.9 update, here’s another big one:

SMART RAW: In Halide 1.10, we’re launching a new feature called Smart RAW for iPhone XS. After extensively testing the new iPhone in the field in the last few weeks, we’ve built a new automatic logic for exposing and getting the best RAW shots out of the iPhone XS, enabling more detail than ever out of any iPhone camera.

There’s nothing to enable. Just shoot in auto exposure you’ll notice lower noise and better highlight recovery in all your RAW shots. Check out some incredible examples on Instagram by searching for the #SmartRAW hashtag.

VIEW RAW AND JPG PAIRS: Inside our reviewer, we’ve added the option to compare the system JPEG with the RAW.

WATCH APP UPDATES: We’ve updated our watch app to take advantage of the larger screen on the Apple Watch Series 4.

OUR THINNEST APP YET: Finally, we did a little cleaning and cut our app size in half.

Previously, on Halide Season 1:


We're excited to support the new Portrait Effects Matte (PEM). When shooting photos with depth, PEM generate a crisp black-and-white matte alongside the depth data. This dramatically improves background effects, like portrait blur. It has to be seen to be believed, and it's easy! After taking a depth photo, tap the portrait icon to see the black-and-white matte. You'll be amazed by the fine details it captures, like hair.


With the help of Portrait Effects Matte, we've developed our own custom blur, unique from the iOS camera's portrait effect. It adds the lush bokeh you expect from a traditional camera.


Our viewfinder is now powered entirely by Apple's latest graphics technology, Metal. This will save battery, and pave the way for exciting new features in the works. And since our last major update, we've cut memory by as much as 80%. This speeds up launches and make your whole phone feel faster.


Halide 1.9 integrates with Siri Shortcuts. Take a lot of photos at sunset? Siri will learn this and start suggesting Halide in search and on your lock screen.

But we're really excited about the Siri powered Voice Trigger. Take a shot by saying, "Hey Siri, fire the shutter." This is great for remote shots, like group photos. You can enable this feature in Settings.


Curious about the nitty gritty details of your phone's cameras? We now give you a report of system-level information. Access Technical Readout in Settings.


Halide is ready to be used with your new phone out of the gate, with a tweaked landscape UI, extra-large last shot thumbnail and its entire user interface easily reachable with just one hand. And check out Technical Readout section to see how much it's improved!


Wide Color Rendering – When using depth mode or focus peaking, you'll notice vibrant, richer color. While we've always supported wide-color photos, what you see in the viewfinder will now more accurately represent the final image.

Smart Inversion – We invest in accessibility with every release. In this update we support smart-inversion, which inverts the colors of an app to help the visually impaired.

If you enjoy this update, consider rating us. If you run into any issues, we're always listening at [email protected]

App Description

“This iOS Camera App Brings Out the Pro in Amateurs”

“Lavish, tactile, respectful, illuminating, gorgeous.”
- iMore

“Halide has the potential transform how you make photos with your phone.”
- Uncrate

“This sort of maniacal attention to the smallest of details deserves to be celebrated.”
- Daring Fireball


Halide is a groundbreaking camera app for deliberate and thoughtful photography. With high-end tools, a UI designed from scratch for iPhone 8 and iPhone X featuring beautiful details, Halide is your go-to camera when you want to really take a photo rather than a quick snapshot.

Use gestures in Halide’s to change exposure and manual focus with a swipe. Halide’s professional tools include focus peaking, a detailed histogram, adaptive level grid, and RAW support (on certain phones*). Customize controls to adapt the app to your needs.


- Beautiful, intuitive gesture-based interface
- On iPhone X, a custom-designed UI that is completely usable with one hand
- Focus peaking* and powerful manual focus
- Full manual controls including shutter speed, ISO and white balance
- Live histogram for perfect exposure*
- Captures RAW, TIFF, HEIC or JPG for the best quality shots*
- Capture Depth on dual-camera iPhones*
- Grid overlay with built-in level
- Quick-review of your last few shots
- Intelligent automatic and manual mode


Focus peaking requires iPhone 5S or later (5S, 6, 6S, 7, 8, X, SE)
Histogram requires iPhone 6 or later. (6, 6S, 7, 8, X, SE)
RAW requires iPhone 6S or later. (6S, 7, 8, X, SE)
Depth Capture requires a dual-camera iPhone (iPhone 7 and 8 Plus, iPhone X)

iPhone Screenshots

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Apple Watch Screenshots

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App Changes

  • May 31, 2017 Initial release
  • May 31, 2017 New version 1.0.1
  • June 02, 2017 New version 1.0.2
  • June 21, 2017 New version 1.0.3
  • July 07, 2017 Price increase: $2.99 -> $4.99
  • August 22, 2017 New version 1.1.0
  • August 22, 2017 Price decrease: $4.99 -> $2.99
  • November 03, 2017 New version 1.5.0
  • November 06, 2017 Price increase: $2.99 -> $4.99
  • November 08, 2017 New version 1.5.1
  • December 01, 2017 New version 1.5.2
  • December 16, 2017 New version 1.6.0
  • December 18, 2017 Price decrease: $4.99 -> $2.99
  • December 18, 2017 Price increase: $2.99 -> $4.99
  • December 19, 2017 Price decrease: $4.99 -> $2.99
  • December 27, 2017 Price increase: $2.99 -> $4.99
  • March 07, 2018 Price decrease: $4.99 -> $2.99
  • March 07, 2018 New version 1.7.1
  • March 08, 2018 Price increase: $2.99 -> $4.99
  • March 12, 2018 New version 1.7.2
  • March 29, 2018 New version 1.7.3
  • May 01, 2018 New version 1.8.1
  • May 01, 2018 Price increase: $4.99 -> $5.99
  • September 19, 2018 New version 1.9.0
  • October 02, 2018 New version 1.9.1
  • October 08, 2018 New version 1.10.0
  • October 09, 2018 New version 1.10.1