When Apple announced the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro at its ‘By Innovation Only’ event last week, it highlighted how third-party apps could receive simultaneous streams from multiple cameras at the same time. As it turns out, Apple is also bringing this feature to the 2018 iPad Pro, iPhone XR, and the iPhone XS.
The feature will rely on a new API that Apple will debut with iOS 13. The company had talked about this API in one of the WWDC sessions and highlighted how it required a significant rewrite of the imaging pipeline on their devices.
There are certain limitations on older devices though and they won’t be able to use all cameras for recording videos simultaneously as only a certain combination of camera sensors will work. The video quality might also be inferior compared to if one only uses a single camera to record videos.
The 2019 iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro might not suffer from such limitations as the ISP in the A13 Bionic chip inside the phones is notably more powerful.
Once the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro hit the stores and iOS 13 is released to the public, we are probably going to see at least a few popular camera apps on the App Store being updated with multi-cam support for the iPhone XS and iPhone XR.
Apple had demoed Filmic Pro on the stage while unveiling the iPhone 11 last week and that app’s multi-cam support will go live later this year.[Via 9to5Mac]