iPhone XR/XS/Max and new iPad Pro also get multiple camera simultaneous recording like iPhone 11/Pro/Max

Apple previewed a new version of Filmic Pro running on the brand new iPhone 11 Pro at their “By Innovation Only” special event last week.

Benjamin Mayo for 9to5Mac:

It was a compelling demo, with the app able to record from multiple cameras simultaneously, like recording the front and back camera together, or filming using the new ultra-wide and standard wide cameras for additional coverage.

However, the good news is that simultaneous multi-cam sessions are not only available on the iPhone 11. The feature is also supported by the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and the 2018 iPad Pro…

However, recording from multiple cameras is strenuous, and there are some imposed limitations. For iPhone XS and iPhone XR, only certain combinations of cameras can be active simultaneously. Developers may also have to use lower-quality camera feeds, depending on how much work the rest of their own app logic wants to do.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple uses the multi-cam technology in the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Camera app, showing image data from the wider scene in the toolbar areas of the viewfinder interface, as Mayo notes, but, so far at least, Apple’s Camera app does not directly support recording multiple streams. Maybe sometime in the future though as it would be possible!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. The continually improving features Apple is delivering are great, but a lot of people have trouble understanding how to use these features. In the “Old Days” (the 80’s) when I first used a Macintosh the standard was “if you need a user guide the software needs to be cleaned up”.

    Now a lot of consumers need guidance in the use of these features, especially in areas like photography. The best approach IMO is to deliver short videos covering the “How To” aspects of training. Apple spends money on the on-line Help system so most of the work has been done.

    While some may believe that the Help approach is sufficient I believe it’s time to address the reality that people have different reading abilities and video tutoring is the best way to bring these folks up to speed. Do that and you increase sales and services use.

  2. 100% this. OS X was intuitive and got more so. iOS as well.

    The UI has been losing its elegance in recent years. Feels like an Android much of the time. I’ve seriously considered alternatives the last 2 replacement cycles. I’m hindered (Apple’s plan, I know) by my family’s buy-in and iTunes Store media, but there will come a tipping point.

    I’m not alone. If market research isn’t showing this, then it’s not telling Emperor he’s naked.

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