iPhone 13 Pro base model misses out on ProRes 4K video support
- iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max can record ProRes videos up to 4K at 30 frames per second but there is a catch.
Apple took the online stage for its California Streaming event to unveil a slew of new products. It launched a new Apple Watch, iPad, iPad mini as well as new iPhones. The iPhone 13 lineup comes with a plethora of features. This includes ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30 frames per second. It is a big deal to offer 4K at 30fps end-to-end workflow on a phone. Apple introduced ProRes video on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Since the name is the same you might expect ProRes video to be supported across the iPhone 13 Pro lineup but that's not the case.
As a quick recap, ProRes is an advanced video codec used widely as the final delivery format for commercials, feature films, and broadcasts, to offer higher color fidelity and less compression. Apple says, “this powerful new pro workflow is enabled by the new camera hardware, advanced video encoders and decoders in A15 Bionic, and flash storage pipeline. iPhone is the only smartphone in the world to provide an end-to-end workflow — capture, edit, and share in Dolby Vision or ProRes.”
Apple introduced the ProRes video feature on the iPhone 13 Pro series, and not the vanilla iPhone 13 and 13 mini. However, not all models of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max support ProRes video, which is a bit odd. The feature depends on which storage configuration you buy. You will have to upgrade the storage of your iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max in order to enjoy the higher resolution in this format. Apple has revealed that only the 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB configurations of the iPhone 13 Pro series will support ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30 frames per second.
Therefore, if you purchase the base 128GB storage option of the iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max, you will miss out on ProRes video. You will only get support for up to 1080p at 30 frames per second. While it is unclear why Apple chose to limit this new feature on the Pro series, it is likely that the ProRes videos will take up a lot of space and Apple doesn't want you to feel limited on the 128GB storage model. It might also be impossible to effectively record at that quality with the base storage configuration.
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