Just like many other popular features and hardware, Apple has brought down the ProRes video recording from its iPhone 13 Pro series to the iPhone 14 Pro lineup – although, making it available only for phones with more storage.
As per a footnote mentioned in one of Apple’s press releases, iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models support recording ProRes videos at 4K resolution but are available only to those having 256GB or higher models. The below variants (with 128GB storage) can record ProRes videos at 1080p resolution.
ProRes Video Recording in iPhone 14 Series
Apple has long been adamant about releasing its premium features to all its devices – even though they’re pricy. The video recording in ProRes mode is one such thing that Apple has restricted to certain iPhone models since the 13 series.
ProRes is Apple’s family of codecs that can compress videos into smaller file sizes with “impressive image quality preservation.” Designed for shooting high-quality videos like commercials, feature films, and broadcasts, Apple has restricted this to only iPhone 13 Pro models with higher storage capacities.
The same has now been carried out to the iPhone 14 series too, where only iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max users with at least 256GB storage can avail of ProRes 4K recording support. This was mentioned in Apple’s press release as;
iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max support ProRes video recording in the Camera app at 1080p 30 fps with the 128GB storage option and up to 4K 30 fps with 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage options.
Well, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models with less than the mentioned storage capacity can still record ProRes videos, but at 1080p at 30 frames per second. The regular variants – iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus don’t even have this setting!
Though Apple didn’t mention any specific reason for this discrimination, it’s understandable due to the storage space a ProRes video takes in when recorded. Apple said recording a one-minute 10-bit ProRes video in 1080p takes approximately 1.7GB, whereas doing it in 4K takes approximately 6GB!