Bloomberg analyst Mark Gurman published a new report with various claims about Apple’s next-generation iPhone. The report claims Apple will bring the popular portrait mode from the iPhone over to video. Dubbed cinematic video, the feature is said to add a ‘bokeh like’ depth effect to the background.

Apple first added Portrait mode to the iPhone 7 Plus in 2016, and it quickly become a fan favorite. The feature can put a person in sharp focus while blurring the background in what is known as a bokeh effect. For the new iPhones, Apple plans to add this same technique to video with a feature internally dubbed Cinematic Video. Like with still photos, the iPhone’s depth sensor will create the effect and allow users to change the amount of blur after recording.

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In addition to portrait mode for video, Apple is said to be bringing ProRes to video. ProRes for photos was released as an exclusive feature for iPhone 12 Pro models. It enables more granular editing controls. It makes sense that Apple would want to bring the same functionality to video. It’s also likely that ProRes video will be an exclusive feature of the iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max.

Gurman has reiterated that the next iPhone will come with a smaller notch by shifting the earpiece up to the top edge of the phone. Furthermore the display refresh rate will double to 120hz enabling Apple’s ProMotion feature first found on the iPad.

Finally, another new detail in the report claims Apple will be introducing a new feature that allows a user to selectively apply a filter just to a portion of an image. The feature will be backed by machine learning.

Users will be able to choose from several styles to apply to their photos, including one for showing colors at either a warmer or cooler temperature while keeping whites neutral. Another option will add a more dramatic look with deeper shadows and more contrast, and the company is planning a more balanced style for showing shadows and true-to-life colors with a brighter appearance.

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