It takes time to transmit photos taken with Apple’s new high-end iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max to a computer because of the devices’ reliance on Lightning connectors, despite the devices’ ability to produce 48-megapixel ProRAW photos with file sizes sometimes approaching 100MB.
Apple’s ongoing usage of Lightning means speeds top out at roughly 480Mbps, while competitor handsets utilise USB-C connectors that handle faster charging and speedier data transfer (60MBps).
In other words, anyone who regularly uses an iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max to capture several high-resolution photographs will have to wait for a little while each time they transfer their images to a computer for editing.
According to Sebastiaan de With, developer of a camera app, “I have definitely heard some rumours about Lightning-based synchronisation bottlenecking file uploads”. “It’s a problem associated with the affluent.
With the advent of increasingly complex and big files that need to be sent, the typical cable connection has become noticeably less speedy.”
A Very Specific Problem
Transferring Files Made by An iPhone 14 Pro, Especially Those with The Full Resolution of 48 Megapixels in Pro Raw Format, Could Take a Considerable Amount of Time, According to Experts.
According to Brandon Wilkes, Marketing Manager at The Big Phone Store, “USB 2.0 (the Protocol Lightning Uses) Has a Transmission Speed of Around 60 MBps,” Which Translates to “one Image in Full Resolution in Pro Raw Format from The iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max Will Take One Second to Download.”
And That May Be Underestimating the Size of The Files; There Have Been Rumours that They Are Significantly Bigger.
Wilkes Elaborates: “in Isolation, This Might Not Sound Especially Sluggish; but In Professional Use Cases, Such as Photoshoots or Instances in Which Big Blocks of Shots Need to Be Uploaded from The Device to A Pc, the Time Will Quickly Build up With a Minute Wait for Each One of 60 Images.”
Although This Is True, Not All Photographers Are Convinced that iPhones Are Widely Used for Commercial Photography.
“as a Photographer, the iPhone Was Never a True Tool for Most Applications,” Patrick Nugent, Head Photographer and Owner of Camera 1 Corporate Photographers, Told Crossover99 in An Email. “as a Camera [the iPhone] Has Many, Many Limitations, but It Is a Wonderful Asset for Making Behind-The-Scenes Content, or Fast Movies, Gi Fs, and Reels to Go Along with Professional Stuff.”
Freelance Photographer Kari Thorleifsson Concurred, Writing that Apple’s Camera Improvements Are “a Step in That Direction,” but That the iPhone Isn’t Ready to Replace Specialist Cameras Just Yet. that Being Said, I Wonder how Many Photographers Are Actually Affected by The Poor Transfer Speed.
An (Interim) Fix
According to What De with Told Lifewire, Many iPhone Photographers Are Currently Making Do with Wireless Connections Like AirDrop to Send Files.
Wireless Transfers Are Faster than Usb2 for Me, so That’s a Decent Short-Term Answer, but A Better Long-Term Solution Will Require a Faster (thunderbolt, Preferably) Port and Faster Device-To-Device Wireless, He Said. Photos, for instance, Might Be Transferred at Transfer Rates of Up to 40 Gbps with A Thunderbolt Connection.
There Are Rumours that Apple Is Getting Ready to Upgrade to A New Cable, Perhaps as Soon as Next Year. Soon, New Eu Legislation Will Require Apple to Adopt Usb-C, Which Will Likely Result in Quicker File Transfers for Those Who Require Them.
Because Thunderbolt Shares the Same Connector and Cable as USB-C, It Might Be an Option as Well, Potentially Allowing for The 40 Gbps Connection that Was Suggested Earlier.
Experts Believe that iPhones Have Superior Cameras to Any Other Mobile Device on The Market, Regardless of The File-Transfer Method Used. However, the resulting Large File Sizes Are a Major Drawback.
For Now, “it’s a Matter of Weighing the Perceived Benefits of Greater Image Quality and Adjustments vs. Ease of Use in Terms of Transfer Times,” Wilkes Said, Adding that Shooting in Pro Raw Format on The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max Camera “may Offer Increased Sharpness and A Greater Range of Adjustments.”