Apple’s iPhone has provided users with a powerful video recording experience over the past few years, and it’s going to get even better when the iPhone 8 is released.
According to code discovered in the HomePod firmware that leaked earlier this week, the iPhone 8 will support 4K video at 60 FPS. If true, Apple’s next device will be a great tool for videographers and professionals who use their smartphone as a backup tool for their main setup.
The mention found in the firmware also references “front” and “back” identifiers, which may suggest both the iPhone 8’s front and back cameras will support the new setting. As it stands, the iPhone 7 can shoot 4K video at 30 FPS, but only with the rear camera; the front-facing camera is capable of shooting 1080p video.
Luckily, all of the 4K video you shoot won’t take up a whole lot of storage on your phone, as the firmware suggests your footage will be saved in Apple’s HEVC file type, which is capable of cutting large files in half. As 9to5Mac points out, the jump to 60 FPS could provide users with an improved AR experience, which will play a big role in iOS 11.
Over the past few days, Apple’s HomePod firmware has revealed the iPhone 8’s design, mentions of facial recognition, and more. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 8 at an event in September, alongside an iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.