Previously, while the YouTube app supported 4K video playback with the Apple TV 4K, it was capped at 30 frames per second. But, with the new Apple TV 4K set-top box, there’s a bit of an upgrade for the app.
The YouTube app rolled out support for 4K video playback for the previous Apple TV 4K set-top box back in October of last year. However, that was capped at 30FPS. That’s changing thanks to the new Apple TV 4K, which is now available in stores (and started arriving today for folks who ordered it online), as noted today on Reddit (via MacRumors). The YouTube app now supports 4K video playback in HDR at 60 frames per second.
This upgrade is only available for the new Apple TV 4K. The upgraded video playback is not supported on the previous model, so keep that in mind. If you want the upgraded video playback experience, you’ll need to pick up the new Apple TV 4K box.
I am apparently the only person on the internet who cares about this, but yes: The new Apple TV does 3840×2160@60 in HDR in the YouTube app. pic.twitter.com/ovuvibWMsf
— Daniel Vydra (@stillhereiguess) May 21, 2021
YouTube uses a dedicated video codec that requires more processing power. Apple using more powerful hardware under the hood makes the magic work, so to speak.
This will likely be a welcomed change for folks who do buy the new Apple TV 4K. What about you? Happy to see the YouTube app offer up an improved viewing experience?