$3 App Shoots Better Quality Spatial Video Than iPhone's Camera App

A $3 third-party app can now record spatial video on iPhone 15 Pro models in a higher resolution than Apple's very own Camera app.

Apple iPhone 15 Pro spatial video capture lifestyle
Thanks to an update first spotted by UploadVR, Spatialify can now record spatial videos with HDR in 1080p at 60fps or in 4K at 30fps. In comparison, Apple's native Camera app is limited to recording spatial video in 1080p at 30fps.

Shortly after Apple's Vision Pro headset launched in February in the United States, Apple released iOS 17.2, which brought the new spatial video recording format to iPhone 15 Pro models.

When viewed on iPhone, spatial videos appear as normal videos, but viewed on Vision Pro they provide an immersive viewing experience on Vision Pro that is almost three-dimensional.

Combined with advanced computational videography techniques and HEVC compression, spatial videos filmed at 30fps in 1080p take up around 130MB of storage space for one minute of video, so bear that in mind when shooting using Spatialify's higher resolution options, which will take up substantially more storage.

Spatialify first made headlines back in November, before Apple Vision Pro had been launched, when a TestFlight version of the app became available. This allowed iPhone 15 Pro users running the iOS 17.2 beta to record spatial video in a format that could be played back on Meta Quest 3 and other 3D headsets and TVs.

Spatialify is available to download on the App Store. The app costs $3 and requires an iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max to shoot spatial video.

Related Roundup: iPhone 15 Pro

Top Rated Comments

miguelcoma Avatar
2 days ago at 05:23 am
But Apple was holding this capability for iPhone 16/17 Pro so you would have to upgrade your phone! Phil Schiller is now spending the next 80 hours pondering whether to ban this app on BS grounds.
Score: 81 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SKeijmel Avatar
2 days ago at 05:26 am
Of course its apple they will have this magically on the iphone 16 pro only. software limited updates as usual.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
steve09090 Avatar
2 days ago at 05:39 am
Isn’t it the entire point that the App Store can provide apps better than Apple by developers who are dedicated to do it?
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
usersince86 Avatar
2 days ago at 04:58 am
If my math is right, the developer only needs to sell a little under 1,700 of these apps to buy an AVP with the profits (accounting for the 30% app store fee).

Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
steve09090 Avatar
2 days ago at 05:40 am

A further clue to Apple's lack of functional attention to the product. And I must say definitely embarassing for them.
BS. There are way better apps than the iPhone camera in all cases and there has been for a decade. Why would this be embarrassing for them? Anyway. I won’t be discussing it, because I can see the hole people will drag this.

Apple, shyte… Apple rubbish, blah blah blah.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
satchmo Avatar
2 days ago at 05:52 am

But Apple was holding this capability for iPhone 16/17 Pro so you would have to upgrade your phone! Phil Schiller is now spending the next 80 hours pondering whether to ban this app on BS grounds.
Apple would never artificially hold back a feature just to make more money. /s
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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