iPhone 8 may become the first smartphone to provide its owners with the ability to capture video in 4K resolution at a silky smooth sixty frames per second via both front and rear cameras, as per code strings uncovered from the HomePod firmware by Brazilian outlet iHelp.
Strings in the firmware indicate that both front and rear cameras of iPhone 8 may feature 4K video capture at sixty frames per second, as evidenced on the screenshot top of post.
Current iPhones capture full HD (1080p) video at sixty frames per second.
However, as many of you know, video capture in 4K resolution is limited to thirty frames per second, like with other high-end devices such as Samsung’s Galaxy S8. If there’s smoke to this fire, iPhone 8 will become the first smartphone to include this feature.
I’m wondering if we may also see 1080p Slo-Mo video capture at 240 frames per second.
We should point out that a similar discovery was made more than two years ago, with strings in iOS 9 code indicating at the time that the FaceTime camera would include features like panoramic mode and Slo-Mo video capture at 240FPS, which it never did.
iOS 9 is hinting at future device front cameras having:
1080p resolution, 240fps slow mo, panoramamic capture, flash pic.twitter.com/NkMjdsUZEX
— Hamza Sood (@hamzasood) June 10, 2015
Still, this could be a major, major development.
As soon as I captured my first (1080p) video at 60FPS with my rusty old iPhone 6s, I never went back to 30FPS. 60FPS content looks so much better than the 30FPS clips and that smoothness should be even more pronounced in crisp 4K resolution.
And if iPhone 8 adopts the ProMotion display from the new iPad Pros, those 60FPS videos should look stunning on its high-resolution Retina display at the insane refresh rate of 120Hz.
— Dan (@r_idn) August 4, 2017
Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy your 4K 60FPS clips on a big screen via an upcoming Apple TV.
And if you’re worried about the file size, don’t be: both iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra pack in support for High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), also known as H.265.
Approved three and a half years ago, H.265 is capable of compressing 4K video with a wider range of colors at half the file size versus the H.264 codec that’s used in current Apple devices.
Hold on to your butts because this is going to be one heck of a phone.