Question about watching 4K vids with new iPhone 6s

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TarHeelBlue, Nov 7, 2015.

  1. TarHeelBlue macrumors member

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    What up guys and gals?

    Yesterday I went to the Apple Store and upgraded my 5s to the 6s 128 gb rose gold (I think it's awesome, I'm just one of those guys who can pull it off!) (loving the 128 gb, I travel a lot and the extra space for pics, vids, etc is awesome)!

    So here is my question, when I watch a YouTube video with the YouTube app, it has an auto quality selector or like 720.

    So if I watch a 4K video and play it along with my old retina 2nd gen iPad, the quality looks the same (which makes me think I'm doing something wrong, because people are commenting how great the 4K looks, but I'm like what? Smh...???


    What am I doing wrong? Do I have to do something in YouTube? Download an app?

    Please help me!

    Also, I got this phone in Charleston SC and was "lucky" I guess you could say to get the non Samsung a9 chip. Even if it just gives me extra battery, heck I need it!

    Thanks guys and gals!

    Blue
     
  2. IFRIT, Nov 7, 2015
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    IFRIT macrumors 6502a

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    Neither of your devices have a 4k screen.... The other viewers are either using a Android device or most probably viewing on a 4K monitor/t.v. The iPhone 6s screen is not even 1080p it is it a tad over 720p hence why you get the option for 720p
     
  3. TarHeelBlue thread starter macrumors member

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    Whaaaaat??! Are you serious? The apple people told me it was 4K!! Arghhhh
     
  4. braeburnbliss macrumors newbie

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    Correct.
     
  5. IFRIT macrumors 6502a

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    They might of meant the rear camera which is capable of shooting 4k video.
     
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  7. TarHeelBlue thread starter macrumors member

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    Lol, well sorry I'm not on the forums 24-7 like I used to be. I barely post anymore, everyone on this forum just loves to attack people and make smart jerk remarks to people, it's crazy... But thanks for the help, I just don't know why apple would make a phone with 4K video shooting, but you can't watch it, lol... Think the 7 will have 4K screen? And what's all this talk about the home button being removed?
     
  8. HEK macrumors 68030

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    Where you get the idea that you tube is providing 4K video downloads? Those videos may have been shot with a 4K video camera. But unless something recently changed, think the best you can get from you tube is 1080p.
     
  9. skiltrip macrumors 68030

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    I have my 4K video option off, as I've absolutely no where to view it yet. It's nice to know its there for "future proofing" and all that.
     
  10. lamborghini392, Nov 7, 2015
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    lamborghini392 macrumors member

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    I honestly hope apple isn't dumb enough to put a 4k screen on the 7... The first 4k phone has already proven that 4k phone screens are a useless waste of battery and GPU power. Already can't even see individual pixels on my 6S which has a ~720p screen at 320ppi. Sat a friend's Z5 Premium (first 4k phone with over 800ppi) next to a GS6 Edge+ at a store with ~500ppi and can say in a blind test you wouldn't even be able to tell you were staring at 2x as many pixels. Plus as we already know about 4k TVs, there is almost no 4k content yet to take advantage of the higher resolution.

    Also @HEK youtube offers 4k playback on videos that are uploaded in 4k. Can select 720, 1080, 1440, and 4k on my PC (which is hooked up to a 1080p monitor), but only up to 720p on my 6S.
     
  11. iNinja08 macrumors regular

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    yeah, I'm cool with living in the past as well :rolleyes:
     
  12. lamborghini392 macrumors member

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    I never said I like that apple still uses 720p displays in 2015, I'm just saying 4k is useless on a phone. With the iphone 7 most likely going back to a 4" screen I wouldn't mind to see 1080p, and 1440p on the plus model. 550ppi would already be passed the edge of the human vision from a normal viewing distance, so there would be no point to push the resolution further. I mean once the 30 year old li-ion battery goes bye bye 4k screens might seem like "why not?".
     
  13. HEK macrumors 68030

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    Thanks I have YouTube set to automatic. Does that get me 1080 on 6s Plus if the YouTube video is at least that grade? I do note the 4K videos on YouTube do look better than other video.
     
  14. hobsgrg macrumors 6502

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    It depends on your internet connection speed, YouTube will play at the highest resolution it can that means no buffering unless you tell it otherwise. So you'll get 1080 as long as your internet is fast enough. Footage shot at a higher resolution and then converted down can look better than footage shot originally at that lower resolution depending on the technique used.
     
  15. coolfilmaker macrumors member

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    Youtube has supported 4K since 2010. In 2013 they changed the name of the menu item to specify that is was 2160p.

    I'm not sure if you're aware of this, but YouTube is not one content producer, so quality of what is available depends on who shoots it.
     
  16. the caveman macrumors 6502

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    Is this a serious thread are are you trolling us? Either way l cant tell.
     
  17. pika2000 macrumors 68030

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    You can watch the 4K video recorded with the phone on your phone.
     
  18. HEK macrumors 68030

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    Well it is future proofing and in ten years when 4K is mainstream you can wax nostalgically over your old videos you took way back when in 4K. Another nice feature is cropping and zooming in four fold and still be at 1080.
     

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