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iPhone 8 might record 4K in 60fps

As we get closer to September, iPhone leaks are pouring our more and more. The most significant leak so far has been from Apple itself when unreleased HomePod firmware was leaked and later torn apart.

Another new piece of information uncovered by iHelp suggests the iPhone 8’s main camera could record 4K video at 60 fps. A screenshot of the code uncovered can be seen below. The defining piece of code is: [CAMCaptureCapabilities isBack4k60VideoSupported].

There’s another identical piece of code that says Front instead of Back, which suggests the front camera might even be capable of video recording in the same resolution and frame rate as the back camera.

When iOS 9iOS 9, codenamed Monarch, is Apples next-generation mobile operating system. It was announced at WWDC 2015 at Moscone Center in San Francisco on June 8, 2015. It includes a more intelligent Spotlight, more proactive Siri, a new News app, an updated Notes app, transit directions in Maps, a renamed Wallet app with STORE and loyalty cards, tether-less CarPlay, and slide-over and split-screen modes for iPad. came out, there was similarly uncovered code that suggested the front camera would gain a panoramic feature, 1080p @ 240fps slow mo, and flash. Only one of those things did end up happening, and that’s the front-facing (software) flash.

While it would be cool for the front camera to record in 4K AND at 60 frames per second, we just don’t see it happening. Even Apple would wait at least a couple of years after the main camera got the same feature before putting it on the front camera. We’ve got the impression that Apple doesn’t want customers to have everything, all at once.

We could see Apple releasing the first smartphone capable of 4K video at 60 fps. After all, Apple’s High Sierra update for MacOS brought support for the standardized successor to H.264 called HEVCHigh Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC, or H.265) is the latest video compression standard developed by the Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG), finalized in 2013. HEVC is able to compress video up to twice as efficiently as AVC, letting you encode a video in a file that is about half the size of AVC at the same quality level. The higher compression efficiency also means that for a given bit rate or file size, HEVC encodes video with significantly higher quality than AVC..(H.265). The new format takes up about 40% less storage than H.264.

In any case, 4K at 60 fps is a good move on Apple’s part. Maybe it’ll put the iPhone back at the top of smartphone photography again. With other compelling smartphone cameras like the HTC U11, Google Pixel, and Galaxy S8, Apple must be looking to step up the imaging game.