YouTube app now displays HDR videos on iPhone XS and XS Max

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Enjoy glorious HDR on iPhone XS.
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The official YouTube app for iOS has been updated to display HDR videos on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

HDR content was already available on last year’s iPhone X, but an update was required to enable it on Apple’s latest devices. Sadly, there is still no option to watch videos in 4K.

Google is quick to update its apps for Apple’s newest iOS devices. Its most popular offerings landed iPhone X support within a few month’s of the handset’s big debut last November. Now it is rolling out new releases to accommodate the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

YouTube updated for iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

Most apps already work just fine on the latest iPhone lineup, but some require some tweaks. YouTube needed an update before it could display HDR videos on iPhone XS screens — and now it’s available to download from the App Store.

Video quality is still capped at 1080p, despite support for higher resolutions on the latest iPhone displays. That means you cannot enjoy content in 2K or 4K resolutions. The same restrictions apply on the iPad, Apple TV, and even on Mac if you use Safari.

Nevertheless, YouTube videos still look glorious in full HD with HDR enabled. They’re great for showcasing the iPhone’s edge-to-edge Super Retina screen, which supports the latest HDR10 standard.