What Is Apple ProRes On iPhone? [Everything We Know]

Apple ProRes

Today, we will talk about the Apple ProRes feature on iPhones. This feature is most likely to make its breakthrough with the iPhone 13 Pro. Let’s get a brief overview of this feature before getting into a detailed discussion about this.

What Is Apple ProRes?

Apple ProRes is basically a video codec, which enables the device to capture videos in H.264 and H.265 format. These formats are used in the majority of smartphones and digital cameras of recent days. This format was first used in 2007 and it has made its way through many professional fields ever since.

Apple currently uses the H.265 codec to capture videos. But ProRes can let you shoot videos with even higher and better quality. Moreover, those videos won’t consume much of your storage space. The storage space usage is similar to the H.265 format videos, even for the high-quality clips. ProRes also retains more details in the videos, especially the color information.

This is definitely a stop-gap between the prohibitively large uncompressed video files and the modern codecs, which are usually used by YouTube or Netflix to preserve as much bandwidth or space as possible. Apple ProRes also provides you great freedom while editing your videos.

This feature is designed with the ability to do fast encoding and fast decoding of the formats when you get the video clips into a video editor.

Criteria To Use Apple ProRes

You might get excited to use this feature on your iPhone. But take note of the criteria that you need to fulfill in order to use this feature.

Firstly, you need to have an iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max or newer versions of the iPhone.

Secondly, these iPhones need to have at least 256GB of storage space. It is to ensure that you get to capture 4K footages at a 30FPS. But also, even if you have an iPhone 13 with 128GB storage space, you can also use ProRes. But in that case, the video quality will be reduced to 1080p at 30FPS.

Though Apple has stated that the initial launch of the iPhone 13 Pro will not include the ProRes feature but a later software update will bring the ProRes feature to the iPhone 13 Pro.

Apple ProRes For The Professionals And Creatives

This ProRes feature is especially recommended for professional and creative usage. iPhone users, who are looking for something to use in capturing day-to-day videos clips, might not find this feature very much useful.

This feature is definitely nice support to have, but the sheer file size of it makes it an unsuitable format for the users who capture or shoot stuff on a regular basis.


So, this is all about the Apple ProRes, which is gonna get launched in a few months. But now if you don’t have an iPhone, this service will not be in a favor of yours. You need to opt-out for the iPhone 13 Pro to use and enjoy this feature. Also, you need to brush up on your video editing skills on iPhone, so that using the ProRes cannot give you much headache.

Which is the best ProRes codec?

Apple ProRes 4444 XQ is the best ProRes codec.

Is H 264 better than ProRes?

No, ProRes is better than H 264.

Which is better H 264 or H 265?

H 265 is better as it provides better data compression at the same level of video quality.