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Apr 12, 2001

Over the weekend, MacRumors forum users noted that the most recent YouTube App update added HDR support for the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. YouTube has supported HDR on its iOS app since the iPhone X but has required updates to support new hardware.


To check to see if you are watching YouTube videos at their highest quality, you can simply press the three dots on the top right of the video, and you should see "HDR" options listed on supported videos. HDR options are also only be available on devices released since 2017 that have OLED displays (so that excludes all iPad models and the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR).

Article Link: YouTube App Adds HDR Support for iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
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macrumors 68040
Oct 20, 2007
It gets updated a lot, but I wish they’d spend time on memory management*.

I’ve a 1TB iPad Pro, so 6gb RAM, and it blows my mind how if you switch apps and then go back to the YouTube app after a little while, it refreshes it completely to the launch screen. It’s really irritating. It even does it if you leave the app open, full screen, sleep your iPad, then come back 10 minutes later (roughly, not scientific).

NO other app I use behaves like this, I do not believe this is an operating system/ram issue, and I put it squarely on Google. It was exactly the same on iOS12 so it’s not iOS13 specific. It’s like bad old iOS days when the devices were ram starved (I’m looking at you 6 Plus & iPad Air 1, don’t make me come back there).

* Or is it a deliberate design choice to frequently refresh the app when you go back to it? Could be. It’s very annoying regardless.


macrumors newbie
May 15, 2019
Just tried to playback an HDR vid through the app on my iPhone 11 and I can’t see the HDR options?

I have also tried this on WiFi, same result.


macrumors member
Jul 7, 2013
Same as me, iPhone 11 not pro. Maybe just pro version support?
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the 11 (non-pro) does not support HDR. At least Apple’s site makes no mention of that, and they do on the 11pro.
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macrumors 6502
Jul 27, 2014
Fake news or just atrocious journalism, as always on this site.

iPhone 11 does not support HDR.


May 28, 2015
It does work now in the UK, the fact safari and iOS still can’t play 4K only in chrome is annoying Apple and google need to sort it out


macrumors 68000
Fake news or just atrocious journalism, as always on this site.

iPhone 11 does not support HDR.
Yeah, should probably update that or clarify.
But “fake news” a little harsh, also this website is probably the most accurate one out there... and it’s free, so I don’t think the shade thrown their way is warranted. ✌️😉

The iPhone Pros (11 Pros) DO support and use full HDR10+ and Dolby Vision since they are P3 color gamut, high contrast ratio, and are 800-1200 nits.
The iPhone 11 almost does.
**The iPhone Xr, iPad Pros 2-3, and regular iPhone 11 have HDR capabilities... just not full HDR10+ or full Dolby Vision as the brightness is only 600-625, (you have to have 700 nits or more (at least) to get full HDR. *BUT... the Xr, iPPs, and 11s do have full P3 color gamut though, so they achieve “almost HDR”. 😂


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macrumors member
May 24, 2017
Quick tip.. to see the HDR option you need to also watch a video that has been encoded as HDR. It’s not a standard option for all videos.
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macrumors 68040
Oct 20, 2007
Does ipad air 3 supports HDR ?

As answered above, no. You really aren’t missing much though on these devices. It’s noticeable only in a very dark environment imo and doesn’t deliver anywhere near what a decent tv does. Wide colour is far more significant of the two, which yours has.
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macrumors newbie
Jun 3, 2019
Youtube had some months before for quite a while a bump while scrolling through the comments. I guess they want iPhones to seem slow. I have an iPhone 8 and this device should be able to scroll fluently.
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