YouTube Introduces HDR Video Support on iPhone X

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, May 10, 2018.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    YouTube recently began rolling out support for high dynamic range video content on iPhone X, as noted by users on the MacRumors forums and Reddit. HDR videos provide a broader range of colors and luminance compared to sub-HDR content, and the format also supports quality video playback on a wide variety of screen sizes.

    For iOS users, YouTube videos in HDR can be viewed on the iPhone X, but the feature does not yet appear to be working on the latest iPad Pro models. YouTube has many HDR-supported videos on its site, with dedicated channels like The HDR Channel providing videos for you to watch in HDR on iOS. To make sure of the quality of playback find a video to play, then tap anywhere on the video itself, tap the three dots in the top right-hand corner of the screen, tap "Quality," and then make sure it reads 1080p60 HDR.


    Apple debuted HDR support last year with the "Super Retina" display in the iPhone X, which became the first HDR OLED display incorporated into one of Apple's smartphones. Apple also lists the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus as supporting HDR, but the displays for these devices are not the same as the Super Retina display on iPhone X, so any HDR content played on the 8 or 8 Plus isn't true HDR.

    On the iTunes Movies Store on Apple TV 4K, select films also support 4K, HDR10, and Dolby Vision when paired with compatible 4K television sets. Although YouTube recently updated its Apple TV app and listed a few videos as "4K," the app still has yet to support true 4K. When viewing details about a video, maximum available resolution is still listed as 1920 x 1080, while 4K resolution is 3840 x 2160.

    Article Link: YouTube Introduces HDR Video Support on iPhone X
  2. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    Well, hopefully support comes for the iPad Pro soon...
  3. RDowson macrumors 6502


    May 22, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Just watched the same video as the original article on my iPhone X. Wow! Looks brilliant!
  4. johnyslats macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2012
    Leeds, UK

    Subscribed to the channel. Some of the stuff on there is simply stunning
  5. Delorean2006 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2012
    I actually posted about this almost 2 weeks ago in the forums, happy it’s finally made it to the front page.
  6. adamjackson macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    I bought an AppleTV 4K to watch YouTube in 4K...still having to use the NVIDIA Shield for 4K video. I wish Apple and YouTube would come to an agreement on video codecs.
  7. upandown macrumors 6502a

    Apr 10, 2017
    Wow. Watching on my X and HDR is amazing. When watching a non HDR video it looks pale in comparison.
  8. vertical smile macrumors 68040

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    I wonder if there will ever be 4K YouTube on the ATV.

    Would this be Apple's fault or YouTube's fault?

    Well, I am pretty sure it is YouTube's fault for updating the tvOS app with that horrible UI. My YouTube usage has decreased a lot because of the app.
  9. twistedpixel8 macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2017
    About time! Only been 3/4 of a year!!

    Edit: Wow. It’s like looking through a crystal clear window. I’m actually speechless that this quality is possible on a phone.
  10. Cosmosent macrumors 6502a

    Apr 20, 2016
    La Jolla, CA
    1.) Which type of HDR ? PG or HLG ???

    2.) Is it using ICtCp ???

    Simply saying "HDR" is meaningless !

    If it said Rec. 2100-compliant, then that would be best !

    MacRumors should be RE-named "MacRumors for Dummies" !
  11. givemeanapple macrumors Demi-God


    Oct 2, 2016
    It looks really good, hopefully this will make more HDR content available.
  12. EatinPonies macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2016
    "YouTube recently updated its Apple TV app and listed a few videos as "4K"..."

    So, if they say it's supported and they've even listed a few as "4k" but it's NOT... Then what is it? Are these videos any better at all somehow? I'm confused because, while I know that YouTube content isn't actually 4k on the AppleTV 4k, the 4k videos still look amazing. Not as amazing as they do in 4k, but still somehow better than their 1080p counterparts. And I'm just wondering why/how...?
  13. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    the pool
    I'd really just like my 1440p back, but this is cool too I guess
  14. Nozuka macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2012

    google wants to use their own codec VP9, but apple does not support that codec.

    but since VP9 is royalty-free i'd say apple is at fault. you can't expect google to have every video saved in another format just for apple devices...
  15. vertical smile macrumors 68040

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    Yea, this was my thoughts on it too.
  16. Nozuka macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2012
  17. Deasnutz macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2011
    The X also has an 8bit color depth display, so not exactly “true” HDR. It has better contrast then the 8 plus, from being OLED.

    HDR compatible is more accurate.
  18. rishic89 macrumors member


    Nov 9, 2017
    Is this only for the youtube app? or does it work if I use youtube via safari?
  19. maxfromdenmark macrumors regular


    May 8, 2011
    yes, nice but I wish 4K support for YT for Apple TV too
  20. nylonsteel macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2010
    ok HDR cool but youtube ruins our lives with invasive ads - ugh. youtube used to be good - not now
  21. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    While I agree with some of that (not sure about the whole "ruins our lives" part) from the consumer point of view, you can also say that what YouTube used to be like wouldn't survive to this day if it wasn't for things like those ads.
  22. mi7chy, May 10, 2018
    Last edited: May 10, 2018

    mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    What codec?

    Considering that YouTube favors license free VP9 for 8K/4K HDR which Apple doesn't support it's most likely just H264 HDR since it's capped at 1080p.

    Wonder what the obstacle is with adopting VP9? Is Apple being cheap saving a few pennies from the extra die space or arrogant? Even the cheap $40 Android TV boxes coming out with Amlogic S905D2 and S905X2 SoCs support H264, H265, VP9 and upcoming open standard AVS2 codec.
  23. lec0rsaire macrumors 65816

    Feb 23, 2017
    Apple already made the decision to go with HEVC (H.265). This was a deliberate assault on VP9. While Google obviously has a lot of influence, Apple’s decision to go with HEVC definitely dealt a strong blow to VP9.

    Much of this is also due to H.265 being ready sooner than VP9.
  24. nol2001 macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2013
  25. mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    Doesn't rule out VP9 software decoding which is less taxing than h265 but still takes a hit on battery life. Easiest way to confirm is to compare battery life playing with and without HDR.

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