iOS 5 Beta Hints At 1080p iPhone 4S and Apple TV 3

iOS 5 Beta Hints At 1080p iPhone 4S and Apple TV 3

Without a Retina Display, your iPad 2 can’t play true high-def video natively without downsizing… but come iOS 5, it’ll be able to output it like a champ. Cool, but what we’re really excited about is what this means for the next Apple TV and iPhone 4S: 1080p.

9to5Mac notes that with iOS 5 beta 1, 1080p video now syncs and plays smoothly on the iPad 2. Prior to iOS 5, iTunes wouldn’t even sync true HD
What’s interesting to us about this feature is that it implies that Apple is happy enough with the processing speeds of its A5 chip that they are going to enable 1080p video on devices with an A5 minimum spec. For right now, that’s just the iPad 2, but come iOS 5’s release in September, two other devices will fit the bill: the iPhone 4S and the next Apple TV.

For the Apple TV, all this means is that Apple’s set-top box will finally catch up with the feature set of the competition and be able to handle 1080p video natively. Yawn. Long overdue. The repercussions for the next iPhone are even more interesting though: a smartphone with the processing power not only to decode true high-definition 1080p video, but with a display that packs enough pixels to actually render it without downsampling.

  • Video now it handles it like a champ.
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  • Alberto Carlos Velasco

    Yes, but when will Apple TV3 have 7.2 surround sound decoding?

  • Thomas sutton

    dont yawn at the apple tv, ik its the hobby product but its the one to watch in my opinion, there so much apple could do with it.  

  • Brandon

    “The repercussions for the next iPhone are even more interesting though: a smartphone with the processing power not only to decode true high-definition 1080p video, but with a display that packs enough pixels to actually render it without downsampling.”

    Wouldn’t this mean the iPhone would need a resolution of 1920×1080? I don’t think that’s going to happen.

  • Tallest_Skil

    So we’re supposed to be able to answer a question about hardware that isn’t more than a whisper on rumor sites? Hardware that, if Apple were to stick to their old schedule of Apple TV updates, won’t be out for two more years?

  • Tallest_Skil

    Need? No. Have? Also no.

    The iPad 2 doesn’t have a full 1080p screen. Doesn’t mean it can’t output it to a TV or over AirPlay. Same with the iPhone, eventually.

  • cheesy11

    it might not but they will have to somehow get the battery power to power all this

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  • Brandon

    right but it would have to downsample 1080P on an iPhone that is only 960×640 is what I’m saying…right?

  • Sgt_Pepper

    Correction:

    The iPhone could not display 1080p on its own display. The Retina Display is nowhere near 1920×1080, and I doubt that Apple would increase the number of pixels on the display to match 1080p. It’s not the right shape, either – the iPhone is slightly off 16:9. Sorry to burst your bubble on this one.

  • Deilusd

    Chill out, dude. Jeesh. It’s just a question. We can all dream.

  • Fcs132

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  • CharliK

    The Apple TV handling 1080p is only a big deal if there is 1080p video for it to handle. IE on Netflix and the iTunes store. 

    Personally I hope the latter does happen. I’d start getting more downloads if they were in 1080p.

  • Chris

    You are 100% right on this one. That said, i think the writer meant a phone that has enough CPU power to render (play) in 1080p, when output to your HD TV. As far as I know, i don’t think the Samsung Galaxy SII is capable of doing that. It can capture in 1080p, but you need to transfer your movies first and then play them on your PC/Mac, media player, or burn them on a Blue-Ray. I don’t think you can just plug your S2 on your HD TV and hit the play button if you see what I mean, because the processor doesn’t have enough power to play the movie. Unless I’m wrong.

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