Stereo sound recording arrives to Apple's iPhones, finally, and with four mics at that

Stereo sound recording arrives to Apple's iPhones, finally, and with four mics at that
Not all phones are created equal when it comes to video sound or general audio recording with them. Nokia started a very welcome trend with the Rich Recording functionality built into the first 808 PureView

It used tailor-made mics to achieve what others can't, and a bunch of other manufacturers started paying more attention to the audio recording abilities of their handsets, and it all culminated with not the one or two, but the three directional mics on the Note 4, which recorded with a very high bitrate at that.

Well, when we said not all phones are created equal we meant that some of the world's most popular handset brands (cough, iPhone, cough) still record mono sound in videos, even last year's iPhone 8, Plus and X. 

Well, no more, as the new iPhone XS, its Max sibling, and even the lowly XR, finally record stereo sound while shooting video, and with four omnidirectional microphones at that, so we can't wait to put those puppies to the test against the best out there.

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iPhone XS
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2659 mAh(20h talk time)



1. taz_chaz

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

a bit late but indeed a welcome needed feature

2. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1850; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Lackluster announcement. They wasted this big screen just to see more of Facebook and snapchat...

3. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Wtf were you expecting them to do? Play CoD?

4. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1850; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Split screen multitasking. Pic in pic multitasking etc... That big screen and powerful chip are basically being wasted...

6. Valdomero

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

They can be added as software updates so... it still won't matter if those features never show up.

11. midan

Posts: 3131; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Those are software stuff and can be added later, just like they added them later for iPad.

5. Whitedot

Posts: 878; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Local kidney extraction office is opened.

7. panrt321

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

4mics? Wau nice.. Ehm No, 4mics LG V20

8. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 161; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Lumia 1520 had 4 mics so no INNOVATION!!!

9. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Only took them 3 years to catch up with other flagships, good job...

10. japkoslav

Posts: 1552; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

FINALLY! Can't wait to hear the results! Sadly most of the reviewers will slam some stupid stock music over most of the video samples.

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