Apple has traditionally stepped up its photography game with every new iPhone refresh, and the iPhone 8 will probably prove no different. The latest rumor is that the handset may be getting support for 4K video recording at 60fps.
Evidence of this comes from the infamous HomePod firmware leak that has revealed several Apple secrets. Portuguese site iHelp has uncovered lines of code that suggest the 2017 iPhone will be able to shoot 4K videos at a frame rate of 60fps from both its front and rear camera.
If true, the iPhone 8 might become the first smartphone in the world to record 4K videos at 60fps. In comparison, the iPhone 7’s primary lens is capable of capturing 4K video at 30fps, while its secondary one tops out at 1080p.
4K videos at 60fps seems possible for the dual lenses at the back, but the selfie snapper being able to shoot at such a high quality sounds dubious. The rear module typically gets fitted with such advanced features first. Still, perhaps Apple is willing to break with tradition and go the full hog for its tenth anniversary iPhone.
After all, the front-facing shooter is expected to go through a major overhaul this year, gaining support for 3D selfies and Face ID. Getting back to the code, there’s also mention of the 60fps 4K videos being encoded in HEVC. The standard can cut file sizes by half, an important factor to keep storage space from getting filled up with huge 4K content
Stepping up its video credentials may also help Apple when it comes to features like AR, since 60fps support should translate to enhancements like better tracking. OnLeaks alleges that the iPhone 8 is in mass production right now, so genuine components should begin leaking out soon.