iPhone 13 to Feature Major Camera Upgrades, Faster A15 Chip: Bloomberg

Apple is reportedly planning a video Portrait mode with several new photo and video updates for the upcoming iPhone.

Apple’s next iPhone, expected to be called the iPhone 13<, will feature at least three major new camera and video features, according to a report Tuesday from Bloomberg. Beyond the camera upgrade, the new iPhone lineup will reportedly feature “relatively modest upgrades,” including a faster A15 chip and smaller display cutout.

According to the report, the new iPhones will be able to record video using the Portrait mode feature currently only available for photographs, along with being able to make use of the ProRes format and have access to new filters to change the look and feel of the video.

ProRes would be of benefit to professionals using the iPhone to capture video, like its photo counterpart, ProRAW. ProRAW allows iPhone 12 Pro users to capture photographs in a true RAW format, meaning professional and hobbyist photo editors alike can take more control of their shots and refine their edits similar to if they were working with photos coming from a top of the line DSLR camera.

Another camera feature will be a new photo filtering process that works with AI, which should be a major change from the very basic and current filter experience on iPhone, where software overlaps the entire screen offering a certain effect. According to the report, iPhone 13 models will instead use AI to apply filters only to specific parts of the image, while tuning other aspects such as the sky or background to stay more neutral.

“Users will be able to choose from several styles to apply to their photos, including one for showing colors at either a warmer or cooler temperature while keeping whites neutral,” reads the report. “Another option will add a more dramatic look with deeper shadows and more contrast, and the company is planning a more balanced style for showing shadows and true-to-life colors with a brighter appearance.”

With reported boosts to the camera, a new chip, and 120Hz displays with variable refresh rate for the “Pro” models, the iPhone 13 looks set to release in September, reverting back to the company’s usual cycle after the delay of 2020.