An replace to Safari within the macOS Massive Sur developer launch brings a long-absent, much-requested function: assist for 4K HDR streams from Netflix. Additional, Apple TV is getting assist for the VP9 video codec, that means Apple TV 4K house owners will lastly be capable to watch 4K YouTube movies in that gadget’s YouTube app.
Each adjustments handle frustrations customers have had within the Apple ecosystem when consuming video content material. The Apple TV 4K is positioned because the world’s most succesful shopper streaming field, nevertheless it did not assist greater resolutions on one of many world’s hottest apps. And whereas there was much less demand for 4K HDR on Macs given that almost all Macs haven’t got 4K or totally HDR screens, it is a welcome change for individuals who use exterior shows that do assist these issues.
There’s one essential caveat, although. 4K HDR Netflix streams are only supported on a few Macs. Solely the 2018 or 2019 MacBook Professional fashions and the iMac Professional assist HDR on the gadget’s personal show (although once more, the specs do not meet the identical HDR brightness requirements that high-end TVs do). These machines plus the 2018 Mac mini and the 2019 Mac Professional can do HDR on exterior shows.
Additionally, whereas the Apple TV YouTube app did get 4K functionality, Massive Sur’s Safari does not seem to have been up to date to get the identical performance on YouTube. That would change between now and Massive Sur’s ultimate launch, although.
In concept, the addition of HDR assist to Safari on Macs applies to extra than simply Netflix, however that is the primary publicly recognized instance. Twitter person Ishan Agarwal shared a screenshot proving the performance is there. He made this discovery when he seen the video he was watching on Netflix was enjoying in 4K and Dolby Imaginative and prescient, a well-liked HDR customary. 9to5Mac reported on the tweet, breaking the story to extra folks.
It is value noting that AirPlay 2 newly helps 4K in iOS 14 and Massive Sur, so this seems to be a part of a concerted 4K push by Apple throughout its platforms. Additionally, in a improvement that’s solely tangentially associated, the Apple TV app on LG TVs now supports Dolby Atmos.
iOS 14, tvOS 14, and macOS Massive Sur are nonetheless in a testing part with builders, so some issues may change earlier than launch, however that is the place issues stand now.