Apple launched the iOS 14.3 update earlier on Monday, with the launch of Apple Fitness Plus making the headlines. However, there’s also a massive boost for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
The update brings the promised ProRAW capabilities for Apple’s Pro handsets first announced in October. ProRAW is a format that gives serious photographers a little more flexibility when it comes to editing the image.
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Plenty of iPhones already have the capacity to capture RAW images, which means uncompressed and lossless, meaning everything you’re seeing comes directly from the sensor without any interference.
ProRAW, which arrives on those two iPhone models today, offers the same flexibility when it comes to editing as RAW photography, but it also uses some image processing. You’ll get Apple’s Smart HDR and Deep Fusion tech, for instance.
In essence, this means that photographers won’t have to sacrifice image quality in order to benefit from the computational processing that comes with the standard JPG and HEIC file formats. Here’s a good primer explaining the differences between RAW and ProRAW from the YouTuber Josh Stunell:
Naturally, Apple has this setting turned off by default, partially because each file is a whopping 25MB in size. That’s about ten times the size of a standard HEIC image.
However, once iOS 14.3 has been installed on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, it’s possible to turn ProRAW on. Just head to Settings > Camera > Formats and toggle the switch to enable Apple ProRAW.
Of the two Pro models, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a slightly better camera, offering users a slightly more zoomed-in telephoto camera, The main 12-megapixel sensor is far larger, quicker and more successful in lower-light conditions.
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Chris Smith is a freelance technology journalist for a host of UK tech publications, including Trusted Reviews. He’s based in South Florida, USA.