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Will iOS 5 Finally Bring Full HD 1080p Playback To The iPhone and iPad?

If you have been a long time user of either the iPhone 4 or the iPad, then you most probably know that playback of high definition video with 1080p resolution is not possible with either device. In fact, iTunes won't even let you sync a video with such high definition quality. But according to a report by 9to5mac, that won't be the case anymore, because Apple's upcoming update to the iOS, the iOS 5 looks to enable playback of videos with 1080p quality.

iOS 5 1080p
According to the source of 9to5Mac, 1080p videos looks great and plays smooth.

Now there are still doubts if the iPod Touch and the original iPad will be able to handle playback of 1080p videos or even if these devices will even get the feature. Presumably because both iOS devices only have 256MB of RAM which could result in stuttering playback. But since the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad have native resolutions incapable of fully displaying 1080p videos (iPhone and iPod Touch have 960×640 while the iPad have 1024×768), users won't even be able to see the difference.

So why bother with 1080p playback?

Apple TV AirPlay
The most logical solution would be through AirPlay. As of now, the Apple TV doesn't support 1080p playback but that can be easily changed with a software update. And if that happens, you will now be able to play 1080p videos wirelessly from your iPhone or iPad to the Apple TV.

The iOS 5 is shaping up to be another great update to the iOS. With loads of features both announced and unannounced. iOS 5 will be available this coming fall but if you have a developer account in Apple's Development Center, then you can try out the beta version.

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    Jimmy10 years, 4 months ago

    1080p playback is good news. But what format is supported is more important… Anything more than mp4?

      Pramod10 years, 4 months ago

      After all its Apple. So my bet is on only MP4. :D