I don't get the hate for that effect. I mean, I don't think anyone critics the movie, because it was genius, but when I watched it, I thought it was pretty cool what they did. What looked really weird was Carrie Fisher in Rogue One, but The Irishmen did a great job. And Scrosese himself said it was an experiment. And when this new technology developes further I think this could change cinema.
Think about what that could mean for actresses who are bothered most by aging. If there is a good actress she could play longer younger roles without having to be operated several times.
I think it feels like the Guitar reviews where a great guitar player has a cheap guitar. And since the guitar player plays so awesome that you get lost in the solos you think the guitar is great. And then you have it in your hands and you see that the guitar sounds actually really bad.
Don't get me wrong, I believe the iPhone is pretty good. And many people will make great home videos with their friends and family. But don't sell it as a Pro device just to push the price. Other Phones are just as good as the iPhone Pro. But you still can't change batteries, lenses, memory cards or have sencond monitor and external microphone input. There are cheaper DSLR bodys that will work better then any phone.
There are also some good examples that are not so obvious. For example Gravity was pretty much faces and cgi and it was great. Search for the making of, it is insane what they pulled of.
Yet, I still appreciate practical effects. In conclusion I would say both can be great. Use what's best for the budget and best to tell the story. And in that case I would say that a puppet is great for the actors.
Then maybe you can just plug the cable into any computer of any OS and see files like a hard drive, like it would be possible with an SD Card ot other Phones. And even send them to any computer wirelessly. I didn't know that and I have no problem to admit it. Yet, my point is that it still is a phone with a camera and can't be used or equipped like a real camera. And while a Smartphone in general can be a great thing for filming, it's not more Pro then any other Phones.
Don't get me wrong, I do believe that you can realize great Projects with a Smartphone. I also don't deny that the new iPhone Pro has some practical features. But I don't understand the hype, like it would be some kind of a game changer. Literally every other major company has multiple cameras since years (Nokia has even a Phone with 5 Cameras for more depth) and some of them are at least as good as the new 'Pro'. And it is a great thing how Phones make filming and taking pictures more accessible (but not cheaper). There are also definitly cases where a small and light Phone is more practical then a ton of equipment, yet it can't replace it in other cases. But that change happened continiously over the last years and is nothing that the new iPhone 'Pro' invented over night. It's like talking about how the 'E-Mail' will change communication.
Oh yes, the iPhone is a real Pro Camera. You can use SD Cards, spare batteries, headphones, microphones, field monitors and if you connect it with your computer you can just drag and drop the files like on a hard drive. Oh wait, .. it's just Pro because it has three lenses, like all the other current smart phones?!