iOS 5 Opens Door to True 1080p Apple TV

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    iOS 5 appears to unlock new 1080p capabilities for the iPad 2, allowing video in the 1080p format to be synced and played directly on the device. While the iPad 2 is of course unable to directly display full 1080p content on its own screen, many users are interested in outputting such content to larger screens, and it also opens the door to a true 1080p Apple TV.


    Yesterday, 9to5Mac reported that under iOS 5, Apple's video player will now play back and sync 1080p content. Cult of Mac now speculates on that development to suggest that Apple is preparing to support 1080p output on the next-generation iPhone and Apple TV, devices that will presumably be based on the A5 chip found in the iPad 2.
    The current Apple TV, which is based on the same A4 chip found in the iPhone 4, is only capable of outputting 720p video, leaving some consumers hoping for more on a device that should be dedicated to a high-quality television viewing experience. The original rumor regarding the second-generation Apple TV as an A4-based streaming device had pegged it as supporting 1080p and with 16 GB of storage. The released product does not, however, support the higher-resolution content and comes with only 8 GB of storage for the operating system and content caching.

    Apple's iOS devices have supported 1080p output in some form for several generations, with the iPad 2 currently able to generate 1080p graphics and output at that resolution to external displays. The device can not, however, officially support 1080p video files under the iOS 4.x software. Other users have been able to demonstrate 1080p video output on the iPhone 4 and even the iPhone 3GS, but the high-resolution content has not been supported through iTunes and the iOS devices' built-in video player from Apple.

    Article Link: iOS 5 Opens Door to True 1080p Apple TV
  2. macrumors 65816


    Feb 29, 2008
    Los Angeles
  3. macrumors member


    Jun 30, 2008
    And hopefully an App Store, I want a legitimate 1080p playing Plex client!!
  4. macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2011
    Apple TV is already great

    I just wish the iPad mirroring was available on the first generation iPad. The Apple TV is great with 720p....don't think it will be worth upgrading every year like the iPhone or iPad
  5. macrumors 603

    Sep 19, 2003
    If true, Apple will definitely sell a lot more AppleTVs come September.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2011
    Gallifrey, 5124
    i don't get the obsession with HD TVs and such. my monitor had higher resolution back in 2004
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
    Sounds great! All these news are coming together perfectly for my forthcoming iPad. :D
  8. macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2007
    Jailbreak it and mirroring works great.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2008
    would anyone that actually has the tv 2 go out and buy the tv3, just because it offers slightly better picture?
  10. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Hurry it up.

    I've been having to create duplicate copies of all my home movies for years now. I'd love to be able to ditch all the 720p versions I've had to make to watch through my Apple TV.
  11. macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    You could stick it in a kids room with a 720p HDTV and get the 1080p version for the den.

    I'd just love it when it's jailbroken to I can play 1080p Blu-ray rips.
  12. macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    And count me as one of the buyers. The difference between the output to my TV of the new iPad and my iPhone 4 is quite noticeable. I assume I'll have to re-download the videos I have to get them in 1080p form. Unless Apple has a miraculous new codec in the works, those would be pretty huge downloads.
  13. macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2005
    For how cheap Apple TV is now, it's a lot easier to take the upgrade price than an iPhone or iPad!
  14. macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2003
    Stolen from XKCD.
  15. macrumors 68000


    Apr 12, 2010
  16. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    I don't consider apple serious about 1080p until they actually start offering it in their own itunes store.
  17. macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2004
    All I want is Mail, Safari, iTunes along with Bluetooth support for keyboard+trackpad.

    Instant 99$ living room Mac. :D

    Not enough on-board storage, you say? iCloud.
  18. macrumors 68000


    Apr 12, 2010
    too watch on the couch with other people, it is a more intimate setting
  19. macrumors 68040

    Sep 20, 2006
    Aussie living in Canada
    Exciting! At $99 to upgrade, it's a no brainer.
  20. macrumors 68000

    Oct 30, 2002
    San Diego, CA
    And before someone asks, NO the current Apple TV (v2) will probably never support output (i.e. playback) of 1080p content. Same for the iPhone 4 and the original iPad (v1). This is most likely a technical limitation, not some conspiracy by Apple to artificially limit playback to 720p in order to get you to upgrade to the newest products.

    Furthermore, even though the original iPad, the iPhone 4, and the current Apple TV CAN decode some 1080p content it has been reported that the playback of such content is not without flaws.

    In fact, I'd be overjoyed even if the ATV2 supported scaled playback of 720p content so that you could output at 1080i/1080p (some of the older HD-ready TVs do not support 720p30 playback). The original Apple TV allowed those output resolutions even though it could only decode 720p24 content.
  21. macrumors 65816

    Sep 29, 2009
    I bought the atv2 knowing that I'd have no second thoughts about upgrading the next year because it's only $100. That said, I'm not sure 1080p alone would be enough incentive to do so. I'll have to see what else it brings. I'm still hoping for apps on Apple TV, but AirPlay mirroring is a pretty good alternative.
  22. macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    It doesn't need to be jailbroken to play Blu Ray rips.
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2011
    All good progress.. though most of the time I couldn't tell a 720p from a 1080.. yes, my sight is that bad :(
  24. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    What that really shows is the absurdity of focusing on resolution as a meaningful statistic.

    So in a way that comic comes full circle to make fun of itself. If the point is that resolution doesn't matter that much, then the point of view of the comic (that people who like HDTVs are silly) is proven to be a silly point in and of itself.

    So is XKCD making fun of itself? Frankly, I find the whole thing too confusing to figure out.
  25. macrumors 601


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Lack of 1080p is the reason I don't have an Apple TV. I decided to wait until version 3, and now that I purchased an iPad 2 the other day, I'm looking forward to the new model even more. The ability to AirPlay and video mirror to my LG setup sounds great! iCloud on Apple TV is going to be equally fantastic. Will we even really need AirPlay most of the time? Our photos and videos will just show up on the AppleTV without any action on our part. Now that's slick.

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