If you want to record videos in 4K ProRes, you’ll need to buy an iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max with at least 256GB of storage. Otherwise, you will be capped at 1080p HD video at 30FPS. This information was buried as a footnote in a Apple (opens in a new tab) press release of the new high-end iPhones.
Admittedly, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to Apple fans. ProRes video recording limited by Apple at exactly the same levels as the iPhone 13 Pro Y iPhone 13 ProMax and set exactly the same storage requirements. So while it’s disappointing to see the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max not get an update, at least this isn’t a downgrade compared to the previous generation.
What is ProRes video?
ProRes video is an advanced video codec developed by Apple that enables incredibly high-quality video to be captured. It is commonly used in professional settings, from commercials to feature films. While the format has been around since 2007, it was only possible to record ProRes videos starting with last year’s iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max.
So the good news is that for many people this will not have a practical impact. While it’s nice to be able to record professional-quality video, the average iPhone user won’t need to record in ProRes or lose the ability.
If you’re a budding cinematographer interested in shooting ProRes video, be sure to check out our guide on how to record ProRes video on an iPhone 13 Pro. Presumably, this guide will still apply to the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, even with the move from iOS 15 to iOS 16.
Which iPhones can record ProRes video?
Currently, the only iPhones that can record ProRes video are the most recent two generations of Pro and Pro Max. That means the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max and the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.
However, if you’re looking to get an iPhone 13 Pro or Pro Max, you’d better hurry. These two models are among the four iPhones discontinued by Apple after the iPhone 14 release. You can still buy them from third-party retailers like Amazon or Best Buy; you can even get them at a discount at physical Apple Store locations while supplies last. But they are no longer available on Apple’s website.
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 the latest deals to reserve the latest iPhones so you don’t accidentally spend more than you need to. Some retailers offer up to $1,000 in trade-in value, so this might be a good time to upgrade.