Claim: iPhone 7 can record 4K video at 60 frames per second

“A poster on a Vietnamese Apple website is claiming to have used a working iPhone 7 unit, ahead of the device’s official unveiling on Wednesday at Apple’s press media event,” Benjamin Mayo reports for 9to5Mac. “The writer shares his experience handling Apple’s iPhone 7 (not the Plus model) and most of what he says mirrors previous reports.”

“One standout claim is that the iPhone 7 can record 4K video at 60 frames per second,” Mayo reports. “This is up from 4k @ 30 fps on the current iPhone 6s and is a significant upgrade as no phone on the market today can do this.”

“This report is regarding the 4.7 inch iPhone 7 so it’s not even a case of the 60 FPS 4K feature being part of the dual camera system,” Mayo reports. “It will apparently be available to all iPhone 7 owners and may explain why Apple decided to double the storage to 128 GB and 256 GB on the higher-capacity iPhone 7 models.”

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MacDailyNews Take: If true, now we just need a 4K-capable Apple TV!


  1. Out of the box with none of your other stuff loaded the 128GB iPhone 6s can hold about 6hrs of the 30fps 4K.

    I’m assuming at 60fps it would be about 3hrs of footage.

    That’s not much room left for your music and picture collection.

    1. H.264 or H.265? The latter takes up half the space of the former.

      Three hours of video shot with an iPhone is a lot! I’d bet 99+% of the people that shoot that much video on their iPhone will offload it to their Mac (or PC) rather regularly thus not worrying about a “3 hour limit”.

      My issue is that the iPhone 6s has been able to do 2160p yet the Apple TV still only does 1080p. How stupid is that? You can’t even use the Apple TV to show your own 2160p videos shot with your own iPhone on your UHDTV!

  2. ~ ~ ~If~this~vaporous~claim~is~true~ ~ ~
    …It’s very much time for Apple to update the TV to 4K.

    Meanwhile, I have yet to see any point in regular consumers bothering with 4K. It’s overkill resolution for home viewing, unless of course you like to show off or you have an actual home theatre.

    1. Exactly. Most home users don’t have a big enough screen to see the difference between 720 and 1080, let alone 4K. Too many idiots bragging that they have 4k TV and have no idea that they can’t perceive it.

    2. Let me add to this. IF they are doing serious filming, then they might be doing what the pros do, shoot in 4K and scale it down to 1080 for the final project.
      What this does is give you a post production ability to zoom and crop and not lose any detail.
      Hollywood does this with 5K cameras now.


      I see a lot of returned 4th gen Apple TV’s at Best Buy – I can only assume when people buy their new 4K TV’s, they get ticked off because the Apple can’t stream UHD. So they return them and buy the cheaper and very well reviewed Roku and Amazon devices that can stream 4K.

      Sorry but Apple missed the boat here – if they were going to make a big deal of this Apple TV “upgrade”, they should be ahead of the pack, or at least on par with them.

  3. I was literally thinking this morning on the way into work that this should be possible with two cameras ‘zippering’ offset frame feeds… This will be really cool if true. I also hope for better quality slomo!

    1. 4K / UHD / 2160p resolution is just one aspect of state-of-the-art displays and video processing. Black levels, color accuracy and range, etc all are improved as well. Just because you don’t need it doesn’t mean others don’t. From a business perspective, it’s rather stupid to be the only brand on the showroom floor that can’t offer a product on par with the SOTA.

      I think the problem is that Apple has become a thin client services company and is therefore limited by what wifi or bluetooth can accomplish. Apple has abandoned the professional and prosumer video and audio markets, which in my opinion is a tipping point. Formerly cutting edge, Apple is now a consumer fashion shop pushing iCloud and iOS. Quite a shame, too, because the Mac used to be the best pro video production platform one could ask for.

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