TheTapeDrive’s Steve Moser estimates that the 48-megapixel ProRAW images captured by the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Pro could require up to three times as much storage as images clicked with the 12-megapixel ProRAW. Developers noticed the discrepancy in the upcoming iOS 16 update’s source code. In comparison, a 48-megapixel ProRAW image is said to take up to 75MB of space, while a 12-megapixel ProRAW image takes up to 25MB. A 48-megapixel photo takes up 80.4MB of space in the Photos app, as demonstrated in a video posted to YouTube.
Steve Moser, founder of TheTapeDrive, tweeted out a snippet of iOS 16 code that he claims indicates a 48-megapixel ProRAW image will require 75MB of space but a 12-megapixel ProRAW image will require only 25MB. The 48-megapixel images captured by the iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Pro will take up three times as much space on the device’s native storage as those captured by the 12-megapixel cameras found on the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, and the iPhone 13 series.
According to the screenshot, Moser also mentions that 12- and 48-megapixel ProRAW images can be saved when using the wide-angle lens at 1x magnification. Photos taken in night mode, with the flash, or using the macro feature will always be saved at a lower resolution of 12 megapixels. In addition, YouTuber Sara Dietschy demonstrates a 48-megapixel photo with a resolution of 6,048 by 8,064 pixels and a file size of 80.4MB in the Photos app.
In case you forgot, Apple held a ‘Far Out’ launch event on September 7 where it introduced the iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Pro.
The new iPhone 14 Pro models come in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities. The devices have a 48-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and a 12-megapixel regular camera on the back. The main camera has a pixel that is 100 percent in focus, a sensor-shift optical image stabilization (OIS) of the second generation, a seven-element lens, and a maximum aperture of f/1.78. It can also capture 4K video at 60 frames per second. Each phone has a 12-megapixel camera with an f/1.9 aperture for taking selfies.