The iPhone XR and XS will get one of the best new iPhone 11 camera features

There is no doubt that the big iPhone 11 upgrade comes down to the camera, as the hotplate on the back can attest. Among the cool new features that Apple demonstrated, was the ability to shoot several simultaneous video streams with the different sensor/lens combos on the handsets, including the selfie-snapper.

Since this actually is a feature of iOS 13, and Apple has produced a dedicated API for developers to utilize multi-camera recording since June, it turns out that we might see this option trickle down to the iPhone XS and XR predecessors. Heck, even the 2018 iPad Pro with its puny camera kit will be getting it.

The way this will be done is by utilizing a third-party camera apps like Filmic. Apple even demoed the Pro version of the app when announcing the iPhone 11 crop, with what seemed to be four streams filming simultaneously on all cameras. Needless to say, this won't be the case on your oldie but goldie iPhone XS or XR, as Apple's multi-camera matrix for the iPhone XS below shows.

As you can see, only two of the cameras on the 2018 iPhone can record at once with the respective quality. Developers can apparently use the main rear camera and the telephoto one for some dual footage shenanigans, similar to the Dual-view Video option that Huawei offers on the P30 Pro. They could also use the main and the front cameras at once for your amazing Instagram story. 

What they can't do, however, is utilize three cameras at once, while on the iPhone 11 trio they can, but we'd imagine that won't be a dealbreaker, since the scenarios where you'd want to have more than two simultaneous video streams, are few and far between anyway.

Related phones

iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 12 MP front
  • Processor Apple A13 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2650 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3969 mAh
iPhone XR
  • Display 6.1" 828 x 1792 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2942 mAh(25h talk time)



1. shiv179

Posts: 176; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Meh !!

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31306; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why mehhh? That’s pretty cool for the older phones.

13. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Because it's not a new feature for some android phones?

2. maherk

Posts: 6953; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

What about night mode?

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31306; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think they showed it on a Max at WWDC, not completely sure though.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The SD821 can do Night Sight So the A10 should be powerfull enough to do Night mode But the A10 might be limited by its RAM e.g. NeuralCam (third party night mode app) is limited to only 3MP-5MP on older iPhones due to lack of RAM

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31306; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can’t believe iPhones will have front and rear simultaneous recording, and Samsung took the feature away. Filmic is a cool app, can’t wait to use it.

9. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

I loved that on my note 4!!! hate that people complain so much on samsung 'gimmicks' and they take away cool features like the true air gestures.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31306; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I use to use dual camera mode, and video collage all the time, and poof they were gone.

12. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

it hurts when they take away the fun unique options that actually worked well.

14. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Maybe they'll bring it back cause Apple made it seem cool. It's quite annoying and disappointing when features on android phones back then doesn't seem cool for others then the oem the moves it, but then Apple brings it back like it's a new thing

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31306; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You can download it 3rd party, from, but it won't work on newer Notes. Samsung sucks with that move.

6. Ichimoku

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

I still doesn't really know what benefits of having a dual or triple camera on the smartphone when single camera is good enough.

7. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

You have choices dude. Go to the Apple website and see it for yourself the purpose of its camera.

10. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1578; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Ever use a camera other than the one in your phone? A phones camera is very limiting stuck with a single focal length. Multiple cameras can open a whole new world of photographic possibilities and the ability to get countless shots a singe camera/lens system can not.

8. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

This is great news for older models. Meanwhile, the iPhone Pro Max is awesome. In time, this feat will be native in apple’s cam.

16. jibraihimi

Posts: 815; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

They should bring night mode to older models........

18. Papa_Ji

Posts: 857; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Its is the only feature which distinguish older iPhone from new.... If they will then no one will but the same phone again

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