06 September 2021
A new report on the iPhone 13 has surfaced that talks about camera features. The report from Bloomberg by Mark Gurman states that Apple’s next iPhone lineup will get at least three major new camera and video-recording features.
The report claims the new handsets will include a video version of the Portrait mode. The report cites people in the know that the Portrait mode for videos will work the same way it works for still pictures.
Apple introduced Portrait mode back in 2016 with the iPhone 7. In still pictures, the mode puts the subject in sharp focus and blurs the background in what is known as a bokeh effect. As per the report, this feature is internally dubbed Cinematic Video.
Together with this, the report also claims the users will be able to record videos in Apple’s higher-quality and lossy video compression format called ProRes. The new capability gives editors more control during post-production. The report points out that this format is typically used by professionals and video editors in the film industry, so it is not normally intended for the mass market. As per the report, the ProRes will record either in HD and 4K resolutions. Also, the format is said to be exclusive to pricier Pro models.
The third camera upgrade that the report talks about is a new filters-like system that improves the look and colors of photos. The report cites people familiar with the matter and states that this new system differs from the existing filters on the current Camera app on iPhones. The new system will let users apply changes to objects and people across photos using artificial intelligence, rather than applying a single filter across the entire picture.
Users will be able to choose from several styles to apply to the elements of their pictures, like tuning warmer or cooler temperatures. More options will allow adding a more dramatic look with deeper shadows and more contrast. The report claims that the company is also planning to add a more balanced style for showing shadows and true-to-life colors with a brighter appearance.
The report claims beyond these camera enhancements, the upcoming iPhone models will get relatively modest upgrades.
Apple typically launches its new iPhone models in September every year, but in 2020, it announced them in October, reportedly due to production complications amid Covid-19.