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iPhone 12 Pro Max captures stunning slow-motion One World Trade Center lightning strike

Iphone 12 Slow Mo Lightning Strike
Iphone 12 Slow Mo Lightning Strike (Image credit: Anthony Quintano)

What you need to know

  • An iPhone 12 Pro Max captured the moment lightning struck the One World Trade Center building.
  • The nine-second clip shows lightning striking the top of the building in surprising detail.

Apple's iPhone 12 Pro Max is generally accepted to be the best iPhone for photography and it's shown why that is once again — although this time it's a slow-motion video that's proving the point. A slow-motion video of a lightning strike, no less.

Captured by photographer Anthony Quintano, the nine-second clip shows lightning streaking across the New York City sky with one bolt striking the tip of the One World Trade Center building. The video is dramatic, scary, and amazing all at the same time.

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Quintano says that the footage was captured using an iPhone 12 Pro Max in slow-motion mode, and it's breathtaking.

Apple's iPhone 12 lineup is all capable of recording slow-motion videos at 1080p and 120 fps or 240 fps, whichever you prefer. You'll need a tripod, some luck, and a whole lot of skill if you're going to capture something like this though!

Apple's iPhone 13 lineup, set to be announced this September, could well up the game in terms of video recording. Apple is expected to announce four new iPhones; iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max and this is thought to be the last time we'll get that mini option, too. Poor iPhone 12 mini sales are thought to have already seen to that, although huge iPhone 13 mini sales could possibly see Apple's plans change.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.