When Apple launched the Apple TV 4K streaming box and first announced support for 4K and HDR in the iTunes movie store back in 2017, it had managed to sign up most major studios. But there was one holdout in terms of offering its catalog in UltraHD: Disney.
For three years, users in Apple’s ecosystem had to settle for 1080p HD to watch, say, the Marvel movies or Pixar animated films. Today, it looks like that’s changing in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. A plethora of Disney-made films inclusive of numerous Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and Walt Disney Studios animated films are available in Apple’s storefront in both 4K and Dolby Vision HDR. They also support Dolby Atmos audio.
Apple’s upcoming macOS Big Sur operating system introduces HDR video support and allows Netflix users to watch content in 4K HDR for the first time. However, it turns out that only Macs with an Apple T2 Security chip are compatible with Ultra HD streaming.
Apple Terminal spotted a recently updated support document on Netflix’s Help Center that now includes hardware requirements for viewing 4K HDR content in Safari on macOS Big Sur.
According to the web page, viewing Ultra HD content can only be achieved on a “select 2018 or later Mac computer with an Apple T2 Security chip.” In addition to that, every monitor connected to the computer on which Ultra HD is streamed must be a 60Hz 4K capable display with a HDCP 2.2 connection.
It’s not clear why Macs need a T2 security chip to play back 4K HDR content, given that Windows machines obviously don’t, but
Your tech news digest, by way of the DGiT Daily tech newsletter, for Tuesday, 29 September 2020.
1. Buying Google’s new Chromecast before launch, and the streaming box wars
We’re all set for Google’s Launch Night In event tomorrow, where we’ll get the Google Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5, with pricing and availability being key interest points. (The leaks are probably right, but there’s still more to know.)
And, amongst other hardware to be launched, is a new Chromecast, which for some reason is already on sale (above via Reddit):
$50 for a streaming dongle with 4K HDR, and remote, plus Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, and not needing your phone to use it…
Yep, that’s a decent upgrade over the Chromecast Ultra, which didn’t offer HDR, nor a remote.
The current Ultra does offer an ethernet port for a hardwired connection, though, which can be useful for 4K
Midway through the current generation of consoles, we saw both Microsoft and Sony introduce HDR gaming to its devices, allowing for image quality to be much more immersive when using a supported display. Though Nintendo has in recent years fallen behind its competitors technologically, it appears as though the Switch manufacturer may be planning to get into HDR gaming.
On Linkedin, Nintendo published a job application for a Senior Engineer of display technologies. As part of the summary of requirements, Nintendo has requested the applicant have “Knowledge of different display technologies, such as LCD, OLED, HDR, etc.”
This is significant as until now, no Nintendo console nor game has featured HDR support. The fact that Nintendo is now actively looking into the technology suggests that a future Nintendo console – such as the rumoured Switch Pro or a next generation Switch – could support the greater range of luminosity that