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iOS 14 gives your iPhone a cool mirror selfie trick. Here's how to try it – CNET


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Use this new selfie trick once you download iOS 14 on your iPhone.


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The public beta of iOS 14, Apple’s latest iPhone ($699 at Apple) operating system, is now up and running. And so long as you’re willing to take on the risks of downloading the beta version (don’t do it on your main phone!) you can check out all the new features in iOS 14, including home screen widgets, a Translate app and picture-in-picture capabilities. But one smaller camera feature may make the biggest difference for your selfie needs: There’s now a setting called Mirror Front Camera. 

Mirror Front Camera joins the iPhone 11‘s “slofie” slow-motion selfie feature to bring us a subtler — and dare I say more useful — selfie tool. (It should be noted that it’s one of many iOS 14 features that’s already been available on Android devices for some time.) When you turn it on and change to your front-facing camera, it will snap a photo that’s your mirror image, instead of flipping it as the camera usually does. Some people find this jarring, because the photo you take doesn’t match the image you see in the viewfinder. 

Ultimately, it may not change your selfie very much, but some people may prefer the more familiar reversed version of your face, like looking in a mirror. 

Remember that iOS 14 is only available as an early public preview, so you can expect the OS to be buggy. For the average iPhone user, it’s best to wait for the final release in the fall. But we’ll explain how Mirror Front Camera works now so you can be ready when you do have iOS 14 on your phone.