YouTube App Introduces HDR Video Support On iPhone X

YouTube has already been rolling out its support for high-dynamic range (HDR) video content on select Android phones for a while now, including the Galaxy S8, Pixel, LG V30 and Xperia XZ Premium. Now Apple users can check out HDR videos on their iPhone X devices, too.

iPhone X users and a fan of YouTube are pleased to know that Google has started to roll out support for HDR content via Apple’s flagship smartphone. The iPhone X is the latest device to stream YouTube HDR video, as confirmed that the feature exists on all iPhone X devices.

First noted by users on social network, Reddit, the feature appears to be rolling out to users currently.

HDR, or High Dynamic Range videos provide a broader range of colors and luminance compared to sub-HDR content, and this format also supports quality video playback on a wide array of screen sizes. It allows video content to display richer, brighter colors and while not all video on YouTube is set up to display the additional information required for HDR to work. But nevertheless, there are plenty of videos and dedicated HDR channels to check out including the aptly named The HDR Channel.

Last year in September, Netflix added the similar technology to iPhone 8, iPhone X and iPad Pro devices. To view HDR videos with the YouTube app, simply find a supported video, then Quality, and you can select 1080p60 HDR. Unfortunately, the latest iPad Pro models do not have HDR available in the YouTube app.

In order to try HDR out on your iPhone X you need to select an appropriate HDR video, tap anywhere on the screen and then tap the three dots towards the top-right corner of the screen. Here is an option to tap that should show the required 1080p60 HDR. Tap that, and you’ll be sure that you’re watching full 1080p HDR content in all its glory.

Apple launched HDR support last year with the “Super Retina” display in the iPhone X. The Super Retina display included in the iPhone X is the first HDR OLED offering to be used in any of Apple’s smartphones. Apple also listed the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus as supporting HDR, but again, 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. 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, the maximum available resolution is still listed as 1920 x 1080, while a 4K resolution is 3840 x 2160.

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