Apple iPhone X Can Now Play YouTube Videos in HDR

Apple iPhone X has finally received HDR support for YouTube. The 'Retina Display' on the iPhone X can play true HDR videos.


HDR video support on YouTube has always been limited to select smartphones, mostly flagships. Recently, the video-streaming giant started rolling out HDR support for Apple’s latest flagship, the iPhone X. Reported by Redditors, the support seems to be available for the iPhone X only and not the iPad Pro. HDR videos offer a higher range of colours and brightness compared to non-HDR content, and this format is also suitable for a wide array of screen sizes.

Apple iPhone X HDR Support: How to Check Video Quality on YouTube

Notably, YouTube currently boasts a variety of channels that feature HDR videos. The HDR Channel includes videos that can be viewed in HDR on iOS. If you have an iPhone X and want to check whether YouTube video quality is HDR, then you need to tap anywhere on the screen followed by tapping on the three dots in the top right-hand corner and then selecting “Quality.” Under the Quality option, you need to ensure if it reads 1080p60 HDR.

Apple iPhone X “Super Retina” Display for True HDR

YouTube HDR iPhone X

To recall, HDR support was introduced by Apple last year coupled with “Super Retina” display on the iPhone X, which was touted as the first Apple iPhone to have HDR OLED display. Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus also support HDR but their quality cannot match the display quality on the iPhone X. Any HDR video played on the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus cannot be deemed as true HDR.

The iTunes Movies Store on Apple TV 4K also supports 4K, HDR10, and Dolby Vision for a handful of movies when plugged with a 4K compatible TV. It’s worth noting that although YouTube’s app on Apple TV lists a few videos as “4K,” it still lacks supports for true 4K quality. On YouTube app for Apple TV, the maximum resolution for videos is still at 1920 x 1080 while the 4K resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixels.

Apple iPhone X: Specifications, Features, Price in India

The Apple iPhone X was launched in November, last year. It features a 5.8-inch Super Retina display at 1125×2436 pixels resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It is a single SIM smartphone and is powered by Apple’s latest A11 Bionic chipset paired with 3GB of RAM and 64GB/ 256GB of internal storage. For optics, the iPhone X comes with a 12MP+12MP dual rear camera setup with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). On the front, the phone has a 7MP FaceTime HD camera.

The iPhone X is backed by a 2716mAh battery and is geared with wireless charging features. Qi charger systems also support the phone. The highlight of the iPhone X lies in its notch-design and Face ID recognition software that maps the user’s face to unlock the phone. Additionally, it also boasts an AR-based feature named Animoji, which enables users to create animated emojis with their facial expressions and then share it with their friends.

Concerning pricing, the iPhone X’s launch price in India was Rs. 89,000 for the 64GB variant and Rs. 1,02,000 for the 256GB variant. However, due to a hike in the import duty, the prices shot up accordingly. The current pricing of the 64GB storage variant of the iPhone X is Rs. 95,390 while the 256GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 1,08,930 in India. Both the variants are up for sale in Space Grey and Silver colour options.