Source: Slash Gear
When Apple inadvertently released firmware for the HomePod—filled with references to unreleased products—the tech-heads got busy pulling apart the code. Now, it seems they’ve figured out that the iPhone 8, the next generation of the popular smartphone, will be capable of shooting 4K video at 60fps.
That video spec wouldn’t just put the Android competition in the shade. It would also mean the iPhone joins a very select club of consumer devices that can shoot ultra high-def video at this frame rate—like the Panasonic Lumix GH5 and the $6,000 Canon EOS 1D X Mark II!
The function is referenced in a portion of code related to the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), which will be part of iOS 11. HEVC compresses file size significantly without compromising image quality, thereby allowing a device with limited processing power like a smartphone to shoot high-quality video at high frame rates.
The news is sure to excite budding Spielbergs but also fledgling Cousteaus—who can now pop their iPhone into an underwater housing like Valstech’s LenzO. (Don’t believe it? Check out our article, “Swiping and Tapping at Tiger Beach with iPhone 7.”)
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