Does h265 mean iTunes downloads shrink?

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by Gregintosh, Jul 8, 2017.

  1. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    Does Apples support of h265 mean that iTunes in High Sierra will download videos in that codec also? I think it’d be great if we could fit more movies and tv shows on our laptops thanks to the 40% space savings.
  2. cmChimera macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    Pretty sure (someone correct me if I'm wrong) they would need to convert their old videos. Or get a new version. They may do this, not sure. New videos likely will be h.265 though, and I think it paves the way for 4k videos on iTunes.
  3. Porsupah macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2013
    Probably near London or San Francisco
    With H.265 remaining quite a hefty task for systems without hardware decoding support, it’ll be interesting to see just how Apple phases the codec in. My guess is it may be their choice for 4K, leaving HD with H.264 for another few years, until a large majority of Macs and iDevices support HEVC in hardware. (That said, is there genuinely much public demand for 4K? Bear in mind this is the company that killed their 17” laptops, as they weren’t in sufficiently high demand)

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