21 October 2020
Apple announced the support for 4K streaming in the YouTube app on Apple TV with the introduction of tvOS 14 back at WWDC 2020 event. However, when tvOS launched in September, the feature was missing. But it was evident that the capability will land sometime this year. Now, the YouTube 4K support on Apple TV is rolling out to users but with a couple of limits.
Flatpanels HD reported this feature first by citing the Reddit users who started to see this option on their Apple TV. One of the Reddit users confirmed that they are now able to use the high resolution on both the public tvOS 14 release as well as the tvOS 14.2 public beta.
But the Apple TV 4K support is just limited to up to 30fps, which means 4K at 60fps is not available. As the tech publication notes, the videos in 50fps or 60fps drops to 1440p resolution. Also, one more major limitation is HDR support is still missing, as reported by Reddit users. It is currently unknown if the High Dynamic Range remains a scarcity or will be added later.
In a related story, the YouTube website’s picture-in-picture mode returns on Apple devices with iOS 14.0.1 update. Furthermore, Google has reportedly told TheVerge, that supported iPhone and iPad models will soon offer YouTube in 4K. Also, pulling one more related story from Apple’s ecosystem on 4K support, it was recently discovered that only the new Macs with T2 chip can stream in 4K HDR support.