iPad Pro Does the iPad Pro support HDR ?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by TheRealAlex, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015
    A lot is made of the iPad Pro most advanced display but I never actual useful information other than sites saying it's magical or lifelike. My question is having recently upgraded to 4K PC gaming and HDR OLED 4K TV I see tangible benefits.

    My question is does a modern device like the iPad Pro if given the proper HDR content will it display HDR ?

    My guess is No and that irks me as a word of caution for those of us purchasing new devices like people spending $3,000 give or take on New TouchBar MacBook Pros which can not even Output an HDR signal or play 4K HDR content. 4K yes HDR No.

    HDR briefly put is expressed in either HDR10 or Dolby Vision. It is much more complex than that but I highly doubt Apple is partnering or adapting these industry standards.

    Maybe I am wrong and I'd like to know. However with the current or even Newer refreshed iPad Pros I would expect such a device to be compatible and support something so Important as HDR.
  2. GaspodeX macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2013
    Oxford, England
    Actually the answer is really yes in as much it has the colour range (iPhone cameras have had HDR options for year). All HDR really is is the ability to display more colours - computers and tablets have had 16bit + colours for decades. Is the content in HDR is another matter entirely- if the source doesn't make use of the range of colours isn't the devices fault.
  3. a02 macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2011
    As the previous poster alluded to, the 9.7 iPad Pro (not the 12.9) does support the wider color gamut supplied by HDR. However it may not really fully support/utilize the full range of deep blacks and peak brightness called for in HDR for battery life concerns etc.
  4. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    Oh how I miss my note 7 with native hdr support
  5. wayno macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2017

    So what is the answer - yes or no? I don't understand because you say it supports HDR but then say it might not. Under what conditions it might not?
  6. harvester32 macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2012
    Oh yes, it displays the full gauntlet of reds, yellows, and oranges very well .
  7. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    Its rendition of the color charcoal is amazing!
  8. wayno macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2017
    My understanding thus far is : wider color gamut is intensity whereas HDR is granularity and number of colors. Thus the question is can the display handle the HDR? Probably not at this time, because it seems like too much computing power? Anybody know?
  9. meady100 macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2011
    Does it even matter? HDR is a gimmick a group of desperate execs dreamt up over a long night when it became clear 3D wasn't selling enough TVs. Even different companies can't decide what the standard actually is, and they make the things. In 18 months it'll be yet another forgotten 'must have'.
  10. wayno macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2017

    In my opinion it DOES matter a lot. HDR images look fantastic compared to SDR (standard dynamic range). I think on a scale of importance , least to most,1) is switch HD to 4k, 2) switch SDR to HDR, and 3) switch SD to HD. You do not have to view at a certain distance or have a certain screen size to see the difference that HDR makes. Only problem is that right now the only content is coming from high end cameras I think ( would love if someone could prove me wrong about that). Thus studios like Netlix, Amazon, Hulu etc will be showing the HDR content first once consumers begin to buy the HDR (real HDR not simulated) TVs.
  11. Voltes_V macrumors newbie


    Jul 17, 2017
    HDR is definitely not a gimmick! It is as important as the resolution of the image if not more! A good image needs the resolution, the color gamut (an accurate representation of that color gamut) and the contrast. You cannot just 'not care' about these things, if you care about good image quality.
    Now if we need that on an iPad is another question! It all depends on the usage of the device.
  12. sparksd macrumors 68020

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    Agree - HDR is not a gimmick and it's not clear how important it is for the iPad. My biggest problem with video images on the iPad is the generic issue of dark video scenes on a small display of any kind - a dark image becomes virtually unviewable.
  13. 0003462 Suspended

    Dec 17, 2013
    My understanding is it does not support HDR. I remember seeing an article somewhere (not very useful, I know) stating that although the iPad Pro supports Wide Colour (P3), it does not support HDR.

    Also, when looking at spec for the iPhone 8, HDR support is specifically mentioned. There is no mention of this on the iPad Pro specs pages.

    However: the lack of mention of HDR10 or Dolby Vision on the iPad Pro specs pages may be a consequence of those pages being written before iTunes offered HDR content :/
  14. acorntoy macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2010
    The iPad Pro 2’nd generation (10.5,12.9) supports HDR video. Apple mentioned it rather quickly during the presentation, but didn’t elaborate, likely as you said because this was before the content was even available.
  15. iF34R macrumors 65816


    Jul 13, 2011
    South Carolina
    While it supports it, I haven't seen any HDR movies playing in HDR on my 10.5 with iOS 11.1.
  16. 0003462 Suspended

    Dec 17, 2013

    Does supporting HDR automatically mean it supports HDR10 and/or Dolby Vision? Or does it just mean the iPads support playback of HDR video you’ve captured in the Camera app?
  17. iF34R macrumors 65816


    Jul 13, 2011
    South Carolina
    Right now, I'm assuming hdr video captured. Definitely isn't supporting playback of HDR10 or Dolbyvision at this point; unless I'm doing something wrong.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 14, 2017 ---
    Let me go back... I did a few different things to figure this out.

    So, it definitely does support DolbyVision right now. This is the iPad 10.5 on iOS 11.1 (newest beta). Here's the different. You have to DOWNLOAD the 4k/HDR movies, not stream them. Putting Pacific Rim side by side with my 10.5 and Air 2, like for like settings, the 10.5 really shines over the Air 2. So, it does support HDR10/DolbyV. I stand corrected by correcting myself lol. It doesn't do HDR streaming though at this point.
  18. acorntoy macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2010
    All of the above.
  19. Macintoshrumors macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2016
    "former apple enthusiast"
    yet here you are on a apple site. Thats rather funny how you just can't get apple out of your mind. pathetic.

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