iPad Pro Question is the iPad Pro Display 8-bit or 10-bit ?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by TheRealAlex, Dec 1, 2016.

  1. TheRealAlex macrumors 65816

    Sep 2, 2015
    After recently upgrading my home TVs this BF from 8-bit 2013 Samsung Models

    To 10-bit Samsung KS8000 and LG OLED 4K models with HDR and also a 10-bit panel. The color and visual fidelity improvements blew my mind. It was like living in 2013 and suddenly living in 2020 the future. Because you only live in the age of your electronics if you have a 2010 TV that's the year you experience things in. But I digress

    All this improvement got me thinking is the iPad Pro a 10-bit display or an 8-bit display ?

    Maybe someone who is more knowledgeable can shed some light please.

    This may help currently running diagnostics and calibrations on my new TVs

  2. TheRealAlex thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sep 2, 2015
    No one has any idea shocking. Any help is much appreciate.
  3. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

    M. Gustave

    Jun 6, 2015
    Grand Budapest Hotel
    It's not 'shocking', no one has any idea what you're talking about. What in the world is a "10-bit" screen? Screens are rated by brightness (nits), reflectivity, % sRGB, and color accuracy.
  4. Kal-037 macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2015
    Depends on the day, but usually I live all over.
    From my understanding the iPP 12.9" is not 10 bit as it has the adobe sRGB color capabilities, the iPP 9.7" might be considered 10 bit as it has DCI-P3 cinema colors with better brightness and contrast.
    But honestly I only talk about 8-bit or 10-bit when I am selling TVs, as 10 bit usually means a display has HDR, more colors, better contrast, and better detail (again I only hear this when discussing TVs.) I also haven't talked about 8 or 10-bit for months (moved from selling TVs to customer service) and my memory sucks so I could be dead wrong about everything. lol

  5. Ledgem macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2008
    Hawaii, USA
    Discussing "10 bit" is usually referenced when talking about video codecs. In professional video it seems screens can be discussed as supporting "10 bit" but for standard consumer devices it's not a metric that is used.

    The DCI-P3 color space that @M. Gustave mentioned increases the support for the amount of colors that can be displayed, and a quick browse around the internet indicates that this increases the support to 30-bit color. Someone has claimed that the retina iMac displays can support this. That the 9.7" iPad Pro supports the DCI-P3 profile while older iPads do not would seem to imply that its display is capable, too, but that's an assumption...
  6. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god


    Sep 16, 2014
    Short answer, yes if it's fed the right material with an application that supports it.

    Long winded, rambling answer,

    The 9.7" iPad Pro has support for both DCI p3 and the older, sRGB/Rec.709 colour spaces.

    If you're thinking of it in terms of for instance displaying the wide colour commonly associated with 4K video, then yes, technically, the 9.7" iPad Pro could be considered a 10bit display as it supports 102% of the DCI p3 colour spectrum.

    But it also supports 103% of the older 8 bit sRGB Rec.709 colour space more commonly associated with computer displays. Or at least older displays that don't support the wide colour standard.

    Essentially it boils down to, as I said, feeding it the right source material in a supported app. The 9.7" iPad Pro can display in either format so for the sRGB standard you get 256 shades per colour per pixel, for 16.8 million colours. With DCI p3 (dependent on the extent of support) its 1024 shades per colour per pixel giving you over 1 billion colours.

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