Everything we expect from Apple’s ‘Let us loop you in’ event on Monday

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2016

As you know, Apple has scheduled a media event on its Cupertino campus on this coming Monday, March 21. Earlier this month, the company sent out its predictably cryptic invites with the “Let us loop you in” tagline to select members of the press.

It looks to be a pretty significant event.

On top of an all-new four-inch iPhone model, we’re expecting other announcements like a smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro, new Apple Watch bands—including a black edition of the Milanese Loop—and a bunch of enhancements for Apple’s operating systems. Read More

 

Vimeo now streams 4K video on iPad Pro, gains a bunch of other new features in 6.0 update

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 3, 2016

Thursday, Vimeo pushed a significant update to its free of charge app in the App Store which lets you record, upload and share high-quality, ad-free clips on the service.

The new app packs updated navigation tools, has richer uploading options and sports a brand new player with support for 4K streaming and enhanced Picture-In-Picture viewing on compatible devices such as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Search is now faster than ever and you can browse new curated categories like Animation, Documentary, Travel and more. Saving videos to watch offline is now easier than before, you can now upload clips from your smartphone and tablets and more. Read More

 

iPad Air 3 rumored to have 4K screen, 4GB of RAM and improved battery

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2016

Apple is widely expected to announce a third-generation iPad Air at a March event in a few weeks time and the latest supply chain chatter has it that the device will come outfitted with an ultra sharp display boasting a 4K resolution, or nearly four times the pixels of Apple’s current-generation 9.7-inch 2,048-by-1,536 pixel Retina display.

According to Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes, it’ll also have an improved battery life and feature four gigabytes of RAM versus the iPad Air 2’s two gigs of RAM. Read More

 

iMovie now supports 4K video editing on the iPad Air 2

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 22, 2015

You know, I was literally just wondering what was preventing the iPad Air 2 from supporting 4K video editing in iMovie, and then bam! Apple releases an update with 4K video support in tow.

The iPhone 6s already supports 4K video editing in iMovie to go along with its 4K shooting capabilities, but no other publicly available device in the iOS lineup supported 4K editing in iMovie until today. Read More

 

iMovie updated with 4K video support alongside new 4K iMac launch

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 13, 2015

iMovie for Mac just received a significant new update that brings 4K support and support for full HD videos at 60 frames per second. The update, which corresponds with the launch of Apple’s long-expected new 4K-toting 21″ iMac, allows users to edit and share 4K movies.

Billed as version 10.1, the new iMovie update will allow those using Retina Display-enabled iMacs, or a MacPro with a connected 4K display, to edit videos in 4K resolution. Although Apple doesn’t explicitly state it, I’m assuming that iMovie’s 4K ability will work with MacBook Pros that are capable of driving an external 4K display as well. Read More

 

Apple launches 21.5″ iMac with Retina 4K display, all 27″ models now have Retina 5K display

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2015

As suspected, Apple today announced a refresh to its all-in-one desktop, refreshing the 21.5-inch model with a brand spanking new screen with 4K resolution versus a 1080p screen on the previous-generation model.

In addition, the Retina 5K display is now available on every 27-inch iMac as Apple has removed the non-Retina 27-inch models from sale.

The updated all-in-ones come outfitted with more powerful processors and graphics, two Thunderbolt 2 ports and new storage options that make the high-performance Fusion Drive even more affordable.

Last but not least, the Cupertino firm has refreshed its keyboard, mouse and trackpad accessories with rechargeable batteries, Bluetooth 4.0 networking and more, with the Magic Trackpad 2 featuring Force Touch technology. Read More

 

Next-generation 21.5-inch iMac with 4K screen could hit as soon as next Tuesday

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 8, 2015

Code strings discovered in El Capitan Developer Preview earlier this summer have pointed at a substantial refresh coming to Apple’s 21.5-inch iMac, even more so given that computer wasn’t updated alongside its 27-inch sibling in May 2015.

A next-generation 21.5-inch iMac with an ultra-sharp screen featuring a glorious 4K resolution is now expected to launch as soon as next Tuesday, as per multiple reliable sources who spoke with 9to5Mac. Read More

 

Why 4K video matters on the iPhone 6s

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 28, 2015

Why would Apple enable 4K video capture on a phone that can’t actually display 4K content in full resolution on screen? The reasons are multifaceted, but one obvious reason is that it allows users to zoom in on video while still maintaining crisp resolution.

Coincidently, iOS 9 now supports pinch to zoom and double-tap to zoom on videos in the Photos app. This makes it possible to zoom in to a specific portion of the video without necessarily sacrificing the amount of resolution needed to look great on most of today’s displays. Zooming also allows for creative and flexible video editing solutions while working in apps like iMovie, which supports 4K editing. To make a long story short: it’s all about the zoom. Read More

 

How to enable 4K video recording on the iPhone 6s

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 26, 2015

One of the iPhone 6s’ tentpole features is its ability to shoot and edit 4K video. Although 4K televisions have yet to become ubiquitous in the home, online video services such as YouTube have been supporting 4K video for a while.

Even though the iPhone 6s can’t display 4K resolution on screen, it’s capable of shooting it, and users can then upload the video to YouTube. Users can also edit 4K video using iMovie, which comes bundled with every new iPhone 6s.

Interesting, 4K video doesn’t come enabled out of the box. If you want shoot 4K video, you’ll have to enable it from the iOS Settings app. How do you enable it, and why did Apple make this decision? Check out this post for the details. Read More

 

Amazon responds to new Apple TV with updated Fire TV box with 4K support and Alexa search

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2015

Eight days have passed since Apple has taken the wraps off its fourth-generation $149 Apple TV featuring downloadable apps and games, universal search with Siri and more, and now Amazon has conveniently rolled out its second-generation Fire TV.

Unlike the new Apple TV which disables 4K video output in software, the new Fire TV supports 4K video streaming right out of the box. It includes a new voice-enabled remote and comes outfitted with Alexa, which is basically Amazon’s version of Siri. Read More

 

iMovie for iOS updated with 4K video editing on iPhone 6s and much more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 16, 2015

At its ‘Hey Siri’ media event last week, Apple demonstrated how the all-new ‘A9’ microchip ticking inside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has enough oomph to edit 4K video by showing off native 4K video editing on both new iPhones and the iPad Pro with iMovie.

Today, iMovie for iOS receives a timely refresh in the App Store to bring this feature to the latest devices along with more than a dozen other enhancements for older iDevices. Read More

 

You should opt for at least a 64GB iPhone 6s if you plan on shooting 4K video

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 10, 2015

As I conjectured back when it was first rumored that the new iPhone 6s would get 4K video recording capabilities, iPhone 6s owners will have a hard time maintaining space if they shoot even a moderate amount of Ultra High-Definition video on a 16GB iPhone 6s.

First and foremost, the 16GB iPhone features about 12 GBs or so of usable storage space. 4K video, while amazing looking, uses 375 MB of storage for every minute of video shot. It doesn’t take a mathematician to quickly discern that 4K video will eat through 12GBs of storage space in relatively short order. Read More

 

So does the new Apple TV support 4K or not?

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 9, 2015

As I was watching Apple’s media event unfold this morning from halfway across the world, I kept my fingers crossed for a 4K-capable Apple TV. Thankfully, the much improved Apple TV is at long last official but it’s conspicuous that there is absolutely no word of 4K support whatsoever.

True, 9to5Mac did report last month that the new box would “lack 4K support for streaming video and AirPlay,” but apparently the hardware itself does support 4K capability, meaning Apple has purposefully disabled 4K on the new Apple TV,

Does that mean that the company is planning on enabling 4K with a software update int the future? This has been on my mind since the event has wrapped up and I’m hoping you could help me get to the bottom of this matter. Read More

 

Report: Apple TV lacks 4K video streaming, 8/16GB prototypes tested and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2015

The allegedly upcoming Apple TV refresh will file as the most detailed overhaul of the device’s hardware, but it doesn’t seem that the new box will support 4K streaming, as per 9to5Mac’s sources.

The publication reported today that even though the fourth-generation Apple TV will be powered by Apple’s sped-up A8 processor (likely overclocked, as there will be no battery bottlenecks), it purportedly won’t support video streaming and AirPlay in 4K.

This is something of a surprise considering that the A8 processor inside the iPhone 6 was found capable of rendering 4K 3,840-by-2,160 pixel footage without a hiccup. Read More

 

Rumor: iPhone 6s has 5MP FaceTime camera, 12MP back camera with 4K video capture

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2015

This year’s “S-upgrade” to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus should introduce “the biggest camera jump ever,” as Apple pundit John Gruber claimed on his Daring Fireball blog. Numerous rumors have pointed to a resolution upgrade in the form of a twelve-megapixel camera on the back.

Thursday, an unconfirmed internal document that surfaced on Chinese microblogging website Weibo suggested that the back-facing camera of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will also capture video in 4K resolution. Read More

 

Apple requested 4K video content from Sony Pictures in 2013

By Cody Lee on Jun 18, 2015

Apple requested 4K video content from Sony Pictures back in 2013, according to recently leaked documents. WikiLeaks on Thursday dumped another 200,000+ documents stemming from last year’s staggering Sony hack, and so far at least one Apple-related story has been uncovered.

AppleInsider points to a materials access letter from Culver Digital Distribution, an entity associated with Sony Pictures, that serves as a formal agreement for “testing and/or preparing” 4K film and television content for non-exclusive distribution. And it has Eddy Cue’s signature on it. Read More

 

Latest MacBook Pro supports 5K displays with up to 5,120-by-2,880 pixels at 60Hz

By Christian Zibreg on May 28, 2015

If you purchased Apple’s new fifteen-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and Force Touch trackpad, congratulate yourself as you’re the proud owner of Apple’s very first notebook capable of driving external displays in glorious 5K resolution.

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro also support single-stream 4K screens at a 4,096-by-2,160 display resolution at 60Hz, another first for Apple. Read More

 

Apple said to currently not have 4K plans for new Apple TV

By Jake Smith on Apr 5, 2015

So you thought the new 4K television you paid ridiculous amounts of money for during Christmas was going to be supported by Apple soon enough? Sorry bud, maybe a couple more years.

Apple scoopster John Paczkowski of Buzzfeed reports that when Apple’s next-generation Apple TV is released to the market later this year, it will lack 4K video capability, even as the television industry grasps onto the new technology that provides a more detailed and immersive viewing experience. Read More

 

VESA’s new DisplayPort standard promises 8K screens on tablets, notebooks and all-in-ones

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2015

The Video Electronics Standards Association, or VESA, announced yesterday an update to the Embedded DisplayPort standard used in notebooks, desktop computers and other devices.

An improvement over the current DisplayPort 1.2a, the Embedded DisplayPort Standard 1.4a paves the way for notebooks, tablets, smartphones and all-in-ones with screen resolutions of up to 8K, or a whopping 7,680-by-4,320 pixels.

First gadgets using the new standard, based on Intel’s upcoming SkyLake chipsets, are expected to hit the market by 2016. Read More

 

4K movies and TV shows arrive to Prime subscribers via Amazon Instant Video

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2014

Joining Netflix which offers 4K (or Ultra HD) video and video sharing websites like Google’s YouTube and Vimeo that offer streaming in 4K resolution, Amazon on Tuesday said its Prime subscribers can stream select television shows and movies in the high-quality 4K picture resolution.

These Ultra HD movies and TV shows are accessible through the Amazon Instant Video app on compatible Ultra HD smart TVs, including models from LG, Samsung and Sony, with more added next year.

The online retail giant did not say when Prime customers can expect to stream 4K content through mobile Instant Video apps. Read More

 
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