What you need to know
- The latest developer beta of iOS 15.1 adds support for ProRes video.
- The video codec is limited to the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
As spotted by 9to5Mac, the latest developer beta for iOS 15.1 adds support for ProRes video recording in Apple's Camera app. The feature is limited to the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
ProRes is a professional video codec that is used in many professional camera systems for filmmaking. Support for the new video format is a major upgrade for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max for those who wish to use their iPhone for more professional video purposes.
The one thing that users will have to be mindful of is the amount of storage this file format takes up. It is so data-hungry that Apple only allows iPhone 13 Pro owners with 128GB to record in 1080p rather than 4K.
It's currently unclear if the feature will definitely come to the public when iOS 15.1 officially rolls out to all users. Apple is known to include features in one version of a beta and then remove it in another. However, ProRes is a major feature for the iPhone 13 Pro lineup, so Apple is sure to want to get it into users' hands as quickly as possible.
Bottom line: The iPhone 13 is the best iPhone for most people, with impressive new cameras and notable improvements to battery life. Without all the bells and whistles of the Pro line, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are still powerhouses that'll keep owners happy for years to come.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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