iPhone XS Max Why Is YouTube Limited To 1080p Within iOS App?

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  1. KooL BeAnZ macrumors regular

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    Is there a reason why you cannot select 1440p or 2160p image quality on the iPhone?

    It’s such a shame to be stuck at 1080p.
     
  2. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess

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    Google makes it that way. It's the same with Safari on Mac. They make you download Chrome.
     
  3. Shirasaki macrumors G3

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    Yes, it is a shame. But that is because Apple refuses to support VP8 codec that YouTube 2160P and 4K uses.
    To be honest i don’t see a lot of use of watching 2160P video on an iPhone.
     
  4. now i see it macrumors 68040

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    You can't see the difference anyway. Usually you can't see the difference between 1080p & 720p on a iPhone either, and when you can it's hardly any different.
     
  5. xxray macrumors 6502a

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    You can definitely tell the difference. I used to have a Galaxy S9+ and the evidence between 1080 and 1440 was obvious, and that was on an even smaller screen than the iPhone XS Max.
     
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    I agree. I can tell the difference between 1080p and 1440p on android phones. I would love to be able to stream at 1440p on my iPad.
     
  8. Aydy macrumors 6502

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    Like most things in life we don’t need, having the option just works on a psychological level. Apple/Google, whoever’s Responsible are messing with the consumer
     
  9. drewdove macrumors member

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    Are videos shot in 4K shown in UHD on the iPhone? It would make a good AB comparison when compared to the YouTube upload of that video. Personally if I’m limited to 1080p 4:4:4 with the expanded colors I could live with it.
     
  10. Wide opeN macrumors 65816

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    Also the ability to LEAVE videos @ 1080p. This is annoying to have to do over and over.
     
  11. Ralfi macrumors 68030

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    For the asking price of the iPads, we deserve it.
     
  12. drewdove macrumors member

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    What if we want it? We can live without so many things but what kind of life would that be?
     
  13. pika2000 macrumors 601

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    Because Google is forcing its VP8 codec for higher res video.
     
  14. macfacts macrumors 68040

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    It's because iOS devices have no hardware support for vp8 codec and are too slow to use software decoder at high resolutions.
     
  15. I7guy macrumors Core

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    Can you back this up with any citations? I’m pretty sure my intel desktop chip doesn’t have any hardware support specifically for the vp8 codec either.
     
  16. macfacts macrumors 68040

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    Your desktop is using software decoding (using the general purpose cpu).

    When google tried to use software decoding for high resolutions, the YouTube app was laggy, using a lot of battery and people were complaining.
     
  17. I7guy macrumors Core

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    When was that? And the qualcomm chipset has hardware support for the vp8 codec? What happens when the vp9 codec comes out? Those videos won't play on android?
     
  18. macfacts macrumors 68040

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    A lot of android devices have vp8 and vp9 hardware decoding support.
     
  19. I7guy macrumors Core

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    Are these built into qualcomm chipsets? Not every android uses qualcomm. Anyway this is becoming less clear with many generalities. I was asking for specifics.
     
  20. KooL BeAnZ thread starter macrumors regular

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    I can easily tell the difference between 720, 1080 and 1440.

    2160 would be useful if Apple move to 4K on iPad or iPhone (SONY Xperia 1 has 4K HDR).
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    Too slow?

    So my iPhone XS Max is too slow to do YouTube 1440p?
     
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    If a apple car cant drive smoothly on a dirt track that google built, it isn't Google's fault.
     
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    Quite the contrary. Google is using VP8 which is a open source royalty free codec. Apple refuses to support it (for no good reason). YouTube has to compress and host all this video - it makes sense they won't support multiple codecs.
     
  25. drewdove macrumors member

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    Hey, YouTube is giving us UHD content and should be congratulated for it. Especially if it’s our created content that is available like they’re a UHD public access channel.
     

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