Apple iPhone 3GS capable of 1080p HD video playback?

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Apple iPhone 3GS capable of 1080p HD video playback?
So, it turns out that Apple’s new golden boy, the iPhone 3GS, is almost capable of playing high-definition videos. What do we mean by “almost”? iLounge reports that a user at a Chinese forum claims to have been able to play 720p and 1080p HD videos on the phone. It looks like with the help of the free FileAid app, you could actually run such great resolutions. However, EngadgetMobile informs that they did not manage to achieve full success, as some of the HD trailers they tested crashed the iPhone 3GS’ audio driver, while others introduced some significant stuttering.

Even though you might not be able to flawlessly play HD videos on your device, this means that Apple’s product has a potential that is yet to be unlocked. And we prefer this to happen via a software update, rather than having to wait for the next model in the series...

Just for the record, officially the Apple iPhone 3GS is capable of playing videos with a maximum resolution of 640x480 pixels.

Apple iPhone 3GS Specifications | Review

source: WeiPhone (translated) via iLounge and EngadgetMobile



1. jsobotka

Posts: 54; Member since: Aug 21, 2009

Am I missing something here? The iPhone 3gs has a screen resolution of 480x320... why would you want to play a 1080p video if you can only view it at 480x320? Oh, maybe there's a hidden HDMI port behind the battery.

2. Fremontcellguy

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 21, 2009

it would make no sense to watch a hi def movie on it, but would be nice if the screens resolution actually had that pixel count

3. AZNphoneGeek

Posts: 200; Member since: May 15, 2009

again i am beginning to hate the editors of this website more and more. the viewing experience is limitied to the resolution of the screen right guys? am i missing something here? so the 1080 file will be dithered down to the max resolution of the 3GS display. i'm just waiting to read the article on here where phonearena breaks the news to the rest of the world that the 3GS will play HD audio. amazing.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

again, the reviewers on this site will print anything positive about apple, no matter how meaningless. i dont care if it plays 1440p video, it doesnt make a diff on that screen. if you want it to be amazing, have it TAKE 1080p videos and hook it up to a bigscreen, like a portable bluray player. that would be noteworthy. because some stupid software "MAY" make it KIND OF play 1080p native resolution (obviously scaled for the screen anyways), IS NOT NOTEWORTHY. what will the jesusphone do next, phone arena? NO MORE STUPID IPHONE STORIES UNTIL YOU ACTUALLY GET IT TO WALK ON WATER..

5. AZNphoneGeek

Posts: 200; Member since: May 15, 2009

haha agreed. as much as i hate the iphone for personal reasons, i don't even care to read about the stupid exploding iphone stores.

6. MTLance unregistered

Almost? Uh why bring up the news almost? Besides although the iPhone have 16mln colors screen still the iPhone screen is still no match for my 2yr old Samsung 226BW monitor, and even though my MOBO (Gigabyte P35-DQ6) have integrated sound it still sounds way better than the iPhone. For you people out there who think iPhone is the real entertainment device please think again. iPhone is a mobile entertainment device not a fully fledged entertainment device, I normally use it when I don't want to sit in front of my desktop or away from my desktop.

7. NewGuy unregistered

I was actually viewing this article (and similar articles on the topic) to see if the iPhone 3GS would support some of my DVD's as I do not have a dvd player that supports HDMI and my surround sound stereo had an iPod/iPhone dock which supports video/audio playback. If the iPhone 3GS supports 1080p playback then I would be able to (in theory) play my movies in their largest supported resolution and being that my computer houses a blu-ray drive, I would also (again, in theory - not stealing movies here) be able to play my blu-ray movies from the iPhone via the dock. I think the screen size of the phone is a valid point as to why the phone doesn't support 1080p resolutions, but I think it's also important that those thinking the idea is totally ridiculous and acting as though the question is rather unintelligent to ask begin to think outside their proverbial "boxes" and try to think of other ways to implement smart phones in general, specifically in this thread the iPhone 3GS.

8. iPhone User unregistered

Haters, Play a good video on 3gs and then play that same video on iPhone 4. It's not about the size of the video itself but the resolution.

9. iPhone User unregistered

Haters, Don't hate it cuz you don't understand it, and don't hate it cuz you can't afford it, LOL

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