iPhone 15 Pro Cameras to Support Spatial Video Later This Year, But Key Questions Remain

During Apple's "Wonderlust" event earlier this week, Apple claimed that the ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ camera system "pushes the limits of what you can capture with a smartphone." It was a reference to the device's support for "spatial computing video," but the mention was brief and lacking detail.

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For those who missed it, spatial video is Apple's name for what is essentially 3D video. The iPhone 15 Pro is able to record spatial videos natively by combining video captured by the sensors of the Main and Ultra Wide cameras, which results in something akin to stereoscopic video.

This 3D video can then be played back using Apple's "spatial computing" Vision Pro headset when it's released early next year, allowing users to relive these memories in a fully immersive way. Apple didn't say, but presumably the iPhone 15 Pro can also capture spatial photo stills using similar camera processing.

Other questions remain that Apple's senior VP of worldwide marketing Greg "Joz" Joswiak didn't answer during his whirlwind tour of the iPhone 15 Pro's new camera capabilities, which include the ability to record 4K ProRes video at 60 frames per second, as well as 5x optical zoom on the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

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It's not clear for example what kind of unique file format these spatial videos will use, nor did Apple mention how large they will be. Presumably, iPhone 15 Pro users will need to select a special new mode in the Camera app to capture spatial video. How these videos will be saved in the Photos app, and whether they will be playable on the iPhone in any way, is also unknown.

Apple will undoubtedly reveal the answers to these questions soon enough. The ability to shoot spatial video using an iPhone 15 Pro isn't available yet, but it's "coming later this year," according to the company.

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Top Rated Comments

Kylo83 Avatar
10 months ago
Don’t the lenses have to be seperated like on the vision pro like the eye distance, how do they achieve the same with the lenses next to each other
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SpringKid Avatar
10 months ago
I don’t think a unique file format is needed, when 3D-HEVC exists.

Edit: This is most likely what they are using: https://developer.apple.com/av-foundation/HEVC-Stereo-Video-Profile.pdf
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Gudi Avatar
10 months ago
Millions of iPhone 15 Pros will support the recording of spatial video even before the Vision Pro goes on sale. I have only one question: Why aren't more people congratulating Tim Cook to this amazing product strategy?
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SpringKid Avatar
10 months ago

Since these special videos and photos are obtained thanks to the wide camera and the regular camera, I wonder: why is this feature limited to iPhone Pros?
Because Apple want you to buy the Pro. ??‍♂️
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
djlythium Avatar
10 months ago
This is a low-key big deal. Imagine when our phones can sync location & motion using UWB so multiple people with iPhone Pros recording in Spatial create a crowdsourced spacial video from multiple perspectives! ?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
squawk7000 Avatar
10 months ago

I would honestly be more impressed to be finally able to shoot video with both cameras (front and back) at the same time like Samsung or is there at least a 3rd party app that can do this?
DoubleTake is a free app by the people behind FilmicPro

lets you shoot on multiple camera, pretty good but is limited to 1080p
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)