The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max received the most new features this year. But you should again avoid a special variant if you want to film professionally with the Apple cell phone.
iPhone 14 Pro (Max): Smallest model unsuitable for ProRes in 4K
The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max can already record videos in the advanced ProRes format. However, for the highest resolution in 4K, a model with at least 256 GB of memory or more is required. This will not change this year either, so the same restriction still applies.
Apple writes in this regard on its own website within the iPhone 14 press release in a footnote: “iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max support ProRes video recording in the camera app at 1080p 30 fps with the 128 GB storage option and up to 4K 30 fps the 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB storage options.” And on the product page there is also a somewhat hidden mention of the note: “ProRes video recording up to 4K with 30 fps (1080p with 30 fps for 128 GB storage)”.
So if you want to work uncompromisingly with ProRes, you should rather keep your hands off the two debut versions. Instead, it must be a model with at least 256 GB or more. However, this would be advisable for 4K videos anyway due to the file sizes. Real professionals use more memory anyway. On the other hand, if you don’t value it and generally only use little memory and few apps, you could also be happy with the smaller versions. In any case, the variants with more memory are more future-proof.
Apple’s hefty storage surcharges
But this costs money, and the new iPhones are quite expensive. A surcharge of 130 euros is sometimes due for 256 GB of memory. If you want 512 GB right away, you will have to pay 390 euros more compared to the smallest model. The surcharge for 1 TB of storage is really expensive – you would have to invest 650 euros more. But for real professionals it’s certainly not a broken leg, after all they also earn money with their tools. In other words, any surcharge is a sensible investment.