YouTube App for iOS Gains HDR Support for iPhone XS and XS Max

YouTube this week introduced an update to its iOS app, quietly adding HDR support on the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models, as pointed out on Reddit.

Both the iPhone XS and XS Max, like the iPhone X, feature "Super Retina" HDR displays that support HDR videos. HDR videos offer up a broader range of colors and luminance compared to non-HDR content.


When watching HDR videos on YouTube, to ensure you're watching at the highest possible quality, you can tap on the three dots in the top right hand corner and then select the "Quality" option. HDR listings will only be available on devices that support HDR, and the highest available quality on the iPhone XS and XS Max is 1080p60 HDR.

Apple added HDR support for the iPhone X back in May, but the feature was not originally working with the iPhone XS and XS Max until the latest update.

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9 months ago

Does anyone have any links to these HDR videos?


This one is pretty good just be sure to crank up the brightness to get the full effect.

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9 months ago
Ok, now give me HDR for the iPad Pro. It supports it.
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9 months ago

Does anyone have any links to these HDR videos?

Just go to The HDR Channel ('//www.youtube.com/channel/UCve7_yAZHFNipzeAGBI5t9g/videos') for starters. There's a hundred or so vids.
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9 months ago
Does anyone have any links to these HDR videos?
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9 months ago

This one is pretty good just be sure to crank up the brightness to get the full effect.

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The sunset at 2:03 is pretty cool in hdr. Like being there.
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9 months ago
I wonder if they've fixed audio sync issues with Bluetooth headsets yet.

YouTube is the only app where I have a/v sync issues when using my Bose headset. Everything else is perfectly synced. They're obviously doing something different to play video than other apps.
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9 months ago



Does anyone have any links to these HDR videos?

Just go to The HDR Channel ('//www.youtube.com/channel/UCve7_yAZHFNipzeAGBI5t9g/videos') for starters. There's a hundred or so vids.


They are not all real HDR though. Unfortunately people set a lot tags on their videos to flag HDR, but it's not real.

The new Apple TV already supports HDR. Currently watching an HDR movie on my 4K Apple TV as I post this.


Not via the YouTube App you're not. Are you saying they updated the YouTube tvOS App to support 4K HDR?
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9 months ago

This one is pretty good just be sure to crank up the brightness to get the full effect.

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Amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing that. My daughter and I were glued!
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9 months ago

The new Apple TV already supports HDR. Currently watching an HDR movie on my 4K Apple TV as I post this.

Must be a good movie if you’re fiddling with your phone too. /s
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9 months ago
Great Finally all 5 YouTube videos created with HDR can now finally be seen in its full glory!
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They are not all real HDR though. Unfortunately people set a lot tags on their videos to flag HDR, but it's not real.



Not via the YouTube App you're not. Are you saying they updated the YouTube tvOS App to support 4K HDR?


There are currently no consumer level devices that can create true HDR video- you need prosumer or pro level cameras for that! And even then - most actual HDR content is provided by major film studios, and not for free on YouTube. It is unlikely the average person could ever detect the difference anyways - especially on a 6” screen!
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