01 July 2020
Apple macOS 11 Big Sur is out for the developers for testing purposes. While the testing assures that the final build will be available as bug-free, it unfurls several hidden features as well. One of such features has been disclosed now. It is discovered that Apple will allow Safari users to stream Netflix in 4K HDR when on macOS 11 Big Sur.
It was reported first by the known tipster Ishan Agarwal and picked up by 9to5Mac. According to the latter, after the latest macOS update, users will be able to stream 4K HDR content from Netflix using the Safari browser. Previously, it was limited to old SDR and 1080p resolution only. The report also confirms that Safari will also support Dolby Vision.
Last week, the tech publication reported that Apple has added to HDR support and more to Safari with macOS Big Sur update. And, now it turned out that at least one platform is benefitting from it.
OMG! Netflix on macOS Big Sur's Safari browser just gave me 4K Stream with Dolby Vision on MacBook Pro! Earlier it was just 1080p with Dolby Vision. This is amazing. 😌 pic.twitter.com/afUQPeKisI— Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) June 28, 2020
Netflix has a pool of 4K content for a long time now, but Mac users were refrained from using it due to hardware limitations since the platform relies on the HEVC codec. Apple updated new Mac models fully compatible with HEVC but it didn’t update Safari to support new changes. This is the reason, Netflix had to limit its content to 1080p resolution on macOS.
Also, note that HDR is currently only supported with 2018 or later MacBook Pro models, 2018 or later Mac mini systems, the iMac Pro, or the Mac Pro.
Well, in order to experience the new change you would need to wait for the macOS 11 Big Sur to come to your system if you do not wish to install any betas right now.