“A big frustration with the Apple TV 4K is about to be history,” my colleague Chris Welch wrote, once we realized that Apple’s premiere set-top field would lastly have the opportunity play 4K YouTube movies at their native decision as a substitute of being caught at 1080p. These days, even a $40 dongle can do higher than that.
But although Apple’s newest software program updates did deliver YouTube 4K to the Apple TV 4K, the frustrations aren’t essentially over. It seems you’re restricted to watching 4K at 30fps, as a substitute of a clean 60 frames per second, and with out the depth of shade and distinction that High Dynamic Range (HDR) offers. That’s what 9to5Mac observed yesterday, and we’ve confirmed with Google that — for now — Apple TV solely helps 4K at 30fps with SDR content material.
On the plus aspect, the newest iPhones and iPads do help 4K 60fps HDR content material if you happen to’ve bought iOS 14 put in. Just discover a supported video (that is one in all my go-tos), hit the three-dot settings icon on the upper-right hand nook, and change “Quality” to 2160p.
It’s only a disgrace that the best-of-the-best nonetheless isn’t accessible on a giant 4K TV display, the place you’d extra simply discover the distinction. On my iPhone 11 Pro, I can’t all the time inform.
Perhaps Apple is saving that for a future mannequin? It has been over three years because the firm final up to date the Apple TV, and there’s no less than one rumor going round that new fashions are on the best way.