Why this iPhone 14 exclusive feature should have been on the iPhone 13

The action mode introduced in the iPhone 14 is a software stabilization that is applied after recording a video sequence. Only the latest Apple smartphone is entitled to it. Still, the iPhone 13 has everything you need to enjoy it.

Apple iPhone 14 (11)
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the iPhone 14 Y 14 professionals they are out and tested. Now that the dust is settling, question time begins. One of them came to mind: why is action mode only for iPhone 14?

To quickly introduce the feature, it can be activated by tapping on a new interface element located at the top left of the camera app with a running man.

iPhone 14 camera interface

This allows you to shoot a scene without worrying too much about stabilization, then the iPhone will come cultivator in the image and apply processing to compensate and reduce the impression of motion. Judge instead:

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So, quite a nice feature, but one that is therefore missing from previous iPhones. But that seems quite surprising to us.

Why does the lack of action mode in the iPhone 13 raise a question?

Indeed, if we look at the technical data sheets of the iPhone 13 and 14, there is no element that justifies this difference on paper. They both have a 12-megapixel sensor and the chip is decidedly the same, the A15 Bionic. It could be argued that the GPU core other than the A15 in the iPhone 14 is essential for using Action mode, but the iPhone 13 Pro that has it should be able to use it as well. However, this is not the case.

Therefore, this gives the impression that this is a forced upgrade. The mode of action is more a function of the functionality, thus of the software, than a capability provided by new components. One could even argue that even older iPhones could have benefited through a simple update. iOS 16a bit like the battery indicator that all updated iPhones can take advantage of. Of course, let’s not lose hope, we are not immune to an update from Apple in the coming weeks. But given the lack of new features in the iPhone 14 this year, it’s hard not to see it as a way to create an artificial line of demarcation between new and old products.

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