Users of photo app Snapchat can use a special camera mode from Tuesday, which adds a 3D effect to photos. This requires at least an iPhone X.
The feature is demonstrated in a short video from Snapchat. The special sensor that is present on the latest iPhone models is used to add depth to the new filters. The function is not available for Android users.
The 3D mode ensures that when the recipient of the photo moves his phone, the added filter and background move with it. This must create a greater sense of depth.
Users who own a device that is not supported can receive photos using the new mode.
The new filters are an attempt by Snapchat to win the current race against Instagram. Since the introduction of Instagram Stories, Snapchat has grown less rapidly than before. Many Snapchat users continue to use the app for the lenses and filters that it has. A new function that responds to this is therefore an extra step to ensure that users remain interested in the app.