YouTube iOS update adds HDR support for iPhone XS and XS Max

YouTube iOS update adds HDR support for iPhone XS and XS Max
iPhone XS and XS Max users should be seeing an improvement in the quality of certain YouTube videos that they view on their phone. That's because the latest update for the YouTube iOS app has enabled HDR video support for Apple's flagship duo.

The addition of HDR support was not mentioned in the change log of the patch, but those of you who have updated to version 13.37 of the app should see the 'HDR' lettering next to the resolution options in compatible videos. The auto quality feature will also enable HDR by default for suitable content.

YouTube iOS update adds HDR support for iPhone XS and XS Max

HDR (high dynamic range) videos have greater contrast and offer more colors compared to standard digital video. The iPhone XS and XS Max are great candidates for viewing HDR content since they boast top-end OLED displays with high contrast ratios.

Sadly, those of you wanting to view YouTube videos with resolutions higher than Full HD (1080p) on your new iPhone will be disappointed. Most Apple devices currently don't support Google's VP9 codec that is used by the video-sharing app.

Finding HDR video on YouTube isn't so difficult. There's a plethora of such content on the video-streamer, and there are a few dedicated channels with plenty of HDR enabled clips to choose from. Still, if you need to do a quick test, feel free to check out the video below.


Related phones

iPhone XS
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 2659 mAh(20h talk time)
iPhone XS Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 3179 mAh(25h talk time)

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8 Comments

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Nice, they should add 1440p support on next update /s

4. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Does it matter? 1080 looks good although I've never owned a 1440p phone.

9. perry1234

Posts: 623; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

As a person with good vision, if you give me two devices (1080p and 1440p) , I can tell with over 90% accuracy which is which just by looking. But in videos, it does not make that much of an effect.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

As nice as the iPhone Max display is, this will only make the YouTube experience that much better.

10. gamehead unregistered

Wish YouTube would allow 120hz support.

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