Apple seems to stop at nothing to make you always spend a little more on its customers. Like the iPhone 13 Pro last year, a version of the iPhone 14 Pro will be deprived of a much-vaunted feature by Apple.
The iPhone 14 Pro are available for pre-order, but you better think twice before choosing your model. Indeed, the “cheapest” iPhone 14 Pro will not be able to support 4K video recording in Apple ProRes format.
128GB version of iPhone 14 Pro deprived of 4K ProRes
This is not new, Apple has become a master in the art of the “range effect” which consists in clearly distinguishing its different products to make you want to spend a little more in order to upgrade. This is exactly what the Apple brand did this year by presenting its iPhone 14, 14 Max, 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. To the extent that we struggled to see the differences between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13.
But taking a “Pro” version of the iPhone is apparently not a guarantee of taking advantage of everything Apple has to offer. In effect, the iPhone 13 Pro in its 128 GB version was already deprived of the ProRes format in 4K and had to settle for 1080p at 30 fps. This will also be the case with the iPhone 14 Pro 128 GB which starts at 1329 euros. It will therefore be necessary to spend at least 1459 euros in the 256 GB version to be able to film in 4K.
Admittedly, this is an advanced feature that professionals may purchase with their company account. But it’s still a bit stingy on Apple’s part to offer this 128 GB version on the Pro models knowing that it cannot fully exploit the phone’s potential. Indeed, on the product sheet of the iPhone 14 Pro on the Apple Store, we can read:
“ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30 fps (1080p at 30 fps for 128 GB of storage)”
Can you do without Apple ProRes in 4K?
First presented last year, the ProRes format refers to a family of codecs. According to Apple, they can compress videos into smaller formats with a “Impressive image quality preservation”. ProRes was designed as a final format for producing high-quality videos like commercials, movies, and broadcasts.
This format is therefore not intended for your vacation videos, although it is quite possible to use it in all circumstances. Despite the compression performed, the files in question remain very large. Apple indicates for example that a one-minute 10-bit ProRes video weighs approximately 1.7 GB in 1080p and 6 GB in 4K.
Under these conditions, you understand why the 128 GB version would fill up very quickly. It will thus be necessary to go through the storage options in 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB to film in 4K in this format. For their part, the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus are simply deprived of this option, regardless of their storage capacity.
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