iPhone 15 Pro cameras will support spatial video later this year, but key questions remain

Tim Hardwick

During Apple's “Wonderlust” event earlier this week, Apple said the iPhone 15 Pro‌ camera system “expands the boundaries of what you can capture with a smartphone.” It was a reference to the device's support for “spatial video computing,” but the mention was brief and lacking in detail.

For those who missed it, spatial video is Apple's name for what is essentially 3D video. iPhone 15 Pro can record spatial videos by combining video captured from the main and ultra-wide camera sensors, resulting in something similar to stereoscopic video.

This 3D video can then be played back. use Apple's Vision Pro headset for “spatial computing” when it launches early next year, allowing users to relive those memories in a fully immersive way. Apple didn't say, but apparently the iPhone 15 Pro can also take spatial photos using similar camera processing.

Other questions remain that Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Greg “Jos” Joswiak did not respond during his explosive review of the iPhone 15 Pro's new camera capabilities, including the ability to record 4K ProRes video at 60 frames per second, as well as 5x optical zoom on the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

For example, it's unclear what unique file format these spatial videos will use, and Apple hasn't mentioned 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 stored in the Photos app and whether they will be played on iPhone in any way is also unknown.

Apple will no doubt reveal the answers to these questions soon. The ability to shoot spatial video with the iPhone 15 Pro is not yet available, but the company says it will be available “later this year.”

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