If you want to record video in 4K ProRes, you’ll need to buy an iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max with at least 256GB of storage. Otherwise, you’ll be limited to 1080p HD video at 30FPS. This information was buried as a footnote in a Apple (opens in a new tab) press release for new high-end iPhones.
Admittedly, this shouldn’t come as a major shock to Apple fans. Apple capped ProRes video recording exactly the same levels as iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max and set exactly the same storage requirements. So while it’s disappointing to see that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max didn’t get an upgrade, at least it’s not a downgrade from the previous generation.
What is ProRes video?
ProRes video is an advanced video codec developed by Apple that enables incredibly high quality video capture. It is commonly used in professional settings, from commercials to feature films. Although the format has been around since 2007, it was only possible to shoot ProRes video from last year’s iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max.
So the good news is that for many people it won’t have a practical impact. While it’s nice to be able to shoot professional quality video, the average iPhone user won’t need to shoot in ProRes or even miss the capability.
If you’re a budding cinematographer interested in shooting ProRes video, be sure to check out our guide to how to record ProRes video on iPhone 13 Pro. Presumably, this guide will still be applicable to the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, even with the move from iOS 15 to iOS16.
Which iPhones can record ProRes video?
Currently, the only iPhones capable of shooting ProRes video are the two most recent generations of the Pro and Pro Max. This means the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max and the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.
If you’re looking to get an iPhone 13 Pro or Pro Max, you better hurry. These two models are part of four iPhones abandoned by Apple after the launch of the iPhone 14. You can still buy them from third-party retailers like Amazon or Best Buy — you can even get them discounted at physical Apple Stores while supplies last. But they are no longer available on the Apple site.
That means most people will need to grab the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. Be sure to check out our iPhone 14 pre-orders page for all the latest deals to pre-order the latest iPhones so you don’t accidentally spend more than you need to. Some retailers are offering up to $1,000 in trade-in value, so now might be a great time to upgrade.