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720p vs. 1080p vs. 4K resolution: Does it really make a difference?

720p vs 1080p vs 4K Resolution

I know that many of you out there are shouting at your computer screens after reading that headline. "Of course it makes a difference!" And you're right — there is a perceptible difference between the most common resolutions for TVs, smartphones and computer monitors. But your mileage will noticeably vary based on a few important factors.

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Jacob Siegal

September 18th

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: top-of-the-line previous gen 11″ MacBook Air $1,000, Monoprice Action Camera $60, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

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11.6-inch MacBook Air (previous gen) 1.7GHZ/8GB/512GB + freebies: $1,000 shipped (Reg. $1,200+)

Monoprice MHD 2.0 1080p Action Camera: $60 shipped (Reg. $90)

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App Store Free App of the Week: Halftone 2 Comic Book Creator ($2 value)

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Amazon’s Treasure Truck brings daily deals to the streets

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Giveaway: Grovemade’s latest wooden creation provides a luxurious home for your Magic TrackPad

More new gear from today:

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Free McGraw-Hill educational iOS apps for your kids: Monster Squeeze, Beat the Computer, more (Reg. $2 ea.)

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Games/Apps: BioShock, Civ Rev 2 & XCOM go 50% off on iOS, Rayman Legends $20, iOS freebies, more

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Firebox’s new WTF section has a $236K Apple Watch and a full-size Delorean

Daily Deals: Canon Multifunction Laser Printer $95, Insignia 65-inch LED 1080p HDTV $700, more

More deals still alive:

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LG 49-inch 4K 60Hz Smart LED UHDTV: $600 shipped (Reg. $900)

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Verus iPhone 6/Plus cases in multiple styles & colors starting at $2 shipped

New products & more:

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LEGO unveils the highly detailed new Ferrari F40 Creator series set

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The Luzi Smart Lamp has Siri-like powers with charging options for Apple Watch

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Dan DeSilva

June 26th

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Opinion: Could the 1080p Apple TV 4 hint at a 4K Apple TV set?

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The Apple TV set-top box hardware is expected to be updated this summer after 3 years since the last real refresh and a recent price drop from $99 to $69. While the last Apple TV upgrade boosted video output from 720p to 1080p, the rumored Apple TV 4 is not believed to support ultra high definition 4K video output featured on newer TV sets. Here’s why that’s no surprise and what I think it could mean for an actual Apple TV set:

Apple doesn’t do specs for the sake of specs. The iPhone has maintained an 8MP camera between several generations. The 8MP iSight camera debuted in 2011 with the iPhone 4S and remains on the newest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Our photos today are noticeably better than our shots from four years ago, however, as Apple has improved in other areas like low light image capture and faster focusing. It’s no surprise that Apple will maintain 1080p video output from its set-top box for at least another cycle.

Speaking of iPhones, the best iPhone camera (found on the iPhone 6 Plus) only supports 1080p video recording. Apple added 1080p video recording to the iPhone 4S in October 2011 before the Apple TV 3 added 1080p video output in March 2012. Nothing mandates that the iPhone must first support a video capture resolution before the Apple TV supports it, but it’s clear Apple sees 1080p video as good enough for most consumers for now. Samsung’s Galaxy S5, as a comparison, shipped UHD video capture last year. When the iPhone adds 4K video recording, I would then expect the Apple TV to add 4K playback. 4K UHDTVs haven’t taken over the living room yet, though, so I’m not holding my breath for either.

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More important than at what resolution the iPhone can capture video is what resolution iTunes delivers movies and TV shows. Apple timed the release of the Apple TV 3 with 1080p video output with the upgrade to iTunes from distributing only 720p media to selling 1080p content. At the time it was widely considered as one of those finally updates as 1080p HDTVs were very common and relatively affordable. The next Apple TV launching with 4K video output would be nice in terms of future proofing the hardware and best presenting the UHD content that is available, but Apple hasn’t jumped on the 4K train just yet.

Aside from iTunes, there’s also the rumored $30-$40 Web TV subscription service to consider. Even if Apple did begin offering a limited number of 4K movies and TV shows on iTunes, the rumored Web TV service would contrast as less premium. It might sit okay with consumers that content you buy is better quality resolution than content you access through a subscription, but the messaging would be muddled if the Web TV service is not 4K but is marketed next to a 4K set-top box.

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If the next Apple TV did support 4K video output, what content could you actually watch? Netflix offers a limited collection of 4K media and it’s not hard to find excellent 4K footage on YouTube. Even if 4K content was more widely available and everyone had a UHDTV in the living room, the Apple TV’s support for 4K would be surprising without iTunes being a player.

Apple gave away upgrades from 720p to 1080p when iTunes started selling Full HD movies and TV shows. Will Apple do the same when 4K becomes available through iTunes? Even if so, Apple will want to position 4K content on iTunes as a premium media option. Giving 4K content away for free first through YouTube, a Google-owned service, would not make that pitch.

Finally, there’s the obvious reason cited in the report that the Apple TV 4 won’t be the Apple TV 4K: not enough people have UHDTVs for hardware that supports 4K video output to be warranted. Apple was late to the 1080p party, it won’t be early to the 4K affair.

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Running with this idea, it’s not hard to imagine that Apple could be saving 4K adoption for its own UHDTV, not the set-top box (which is not a completely new idea). Ignoring whether or not Apple should enter the actual TV set business, Apple could use the transition from 1080p to 4K as a compelling upgrade reason. The upgrade from 720p to 1080p for most people was not dramatic and 3D was a flop.

4K could be a reason to actually update your TV set to an actual Apple TV, not just add a new Apple TV set-top box. Saving 4K support for the TV set (maybe even with some Retina marketing similar to iPhones, iPads, Macs, and the Apple Watch) would be fitting.

Looking at the Apple TV’s past update path and the current ecosystem of iOS devices and services, it’s no surprise that the next Apple TV won’t support 4K. Still, 4K adoption will remain an opportunity for future versions of the Apple TV and Apple’s iTunes Store. Could 4K be justification for Apple selling the whole TV set rather than just the box you connect in the future?


Filed under: iOS Devices, Opinion Tagged: 1080p, 4k, 720p, Apple TV, iTunes, TV

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Zac Hall

April 6th

Apple

Mac

Netflix updated for iOS 8, adds 1080p video playback for iPhone 6 Plus

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Netflix updated its iPhone and iPad app to version 7.0 today adding optimization for the larger displays on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduced in September. The updated version of Netflix shows more content like titles and genres as well as previews of movies and TV shows when browsing for something to watch. In addition to optimizing the Netflix app for iPhone 6 users, Netflix says the new version of its app will now offer video playback in 1080p, full HD, for users with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.

The larger iPhone 6 Plus model features a resolution of 1920×1080, the same resolution as 1080p HDTVs, so Netflix users can now enjoy the same experience from the living room on the 5.5-inch iPhone display. (The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 display, however, has a pixel resolution of 1334×750.)

Netflix says its updated iPhone and iPad app also adds full support for iOS 8, the latest version of the iPhone and iPad software also released in September.

Users of Chromecast, Google’s $35 HDMI streaming stick to bring Internet content to HDTVs, should also notice improvements thanks to this update.

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Netflix for iPhone and iPad is available for free on the App Store for subscribers to the streaming service. Plans start at $7.99/month.


Filed under: Apps Tagged: 1080p, Chromecast, entertainment, iPhone 6, iphone 6 plus, Movies and TV shows, Netflix

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Zac Hall

November 11th

Apple

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iPad mini in Silver or Space Gray: $199 shipped or pickup at Walmart ($50 off)

From 9to5Toys.com:

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Today only, Walmart offers Apple’s iPad mini (non-Retina) in new condition either Space Gray or Silver for $199 shipped or ship to store. That’s $50 off Apple’s current price (though Walmart mistakenly says $100 off last year’s price) and tied with the lowest price we’ve ever seen. A nice pickup for the same price as the iPod touch. Features:

  • 7.9-inch LED-backlit display
  • A5 chip
  • 5MP iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording
  • FaceTime camera
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life *
  • Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)

These often sell out pretty quickly so you might want to jump in early.


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Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: 1080p, Apple Inc, Bluetooth, FaceTime, iOS, iPad, iPad mini, ISight, Retina Display, Wi-Fi

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9to5 Staff

November 7th

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iPhone 6 camera compared to all previous iPhones (Gallery)

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The makers of camera app Camera+ have put together a great comparison of the new iPhone 6 camera vs almost all previous generation iPhones including the first iPhone, the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5, and 5S.

Skin tones look brighter and more true to life with the iPhone 6 in this portrait series. Although the iPhone 6 photo has a higher level of detail, I’m finding it slightly pixelated and blotchy-looking. Apple altered their local tone-mapping algorithm for better exposure and contrast using the new A8 processor, but it looks like it might be causing some issues with the skin tones in these shots. Additionally, their new noise reduction algorithm seems a bit heavy handed causing pixelation.

The full comparison on the company’s site lets you view full-sized shots for a number of different shooting scenarios including daylight, backlit, macro, lowlight, and portrait shots. Here’s an example from the portrait comparison (click below for full size):

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Earlier today we published our own review of the iPhone 6 camera’s improved video shooting capabilities, which now includes the ability to shoot 1080p video at 30/60 frames per second and Slo-Mo video in 720p up to 240 frames per second.


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: 1080p, 6 Plus, Camera, gallery, iPhone 6, photo comparison, sample shots, slo mo

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Jordan Kahn

September 23rd

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 3D printers from $600, Westinghouse 24″ 1080p HDTV $100, Fantastical 2 for iPad $15, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer (MP04948)-sale-01

3D Printers: MakerBot Replicator 2 (refurb) $1200 (Reg. $2200 new), UP! Mini 3D $600 (Reg. $900+), more

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Westinghouse 24″ 1080p HDTV w/ HDMI $100 shipped (Reg. $150+)

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Games/Apps: Fantastical 2 for iPad $15, Injustice: Gods Among Us $30,  iOS freebies, more

Other new deals:

More deals still alive:

New products/ongoing promotions:

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Justin Kahn

July 2nd

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 3D printers from $600, Westinghouse 24″ 1080p HDTV $100, Fantastical 2 for iPad $15, more

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer (MP04948)-sale-01

3D Printers: MakerBot Replicator 2 (refurb) $1200 (Reg. $2200 new), UP! Mini 3D $600 (Reg. $900+), more

Westinghouse 24-inch 1080p, 60Hz HDTV-sale-01

Westinghouse 24″ 1080p HDTV w/ HDMI $100 shipped (Reg. $150+)

Fantastical 2 for iPad-sale-01

Games/Apps: Fantastical 2 for iPad $15, Injustice: Gods Among Us $30,  iOS freebies, more

Other new deals:

More deals still alive:

New products/ongoing promotions:

Microsoft/Google/Android:


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Justin Kahn

July 2nd

Apple

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Report: New MacBook Pros on sale 24/25 Oct, iPads 30/31 Oct, Mac Pro 15 Nov

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French site MacG, which has a pretty good hit-rate, claims to have been given the dates on which the new MacBook Pros, iPads and Mac Pro will go on sale. The claimed dates are:

With Apple’s media event scheduled for 22nd October, this would put the MacBook Pros on sale very quickly indeed, just two or three days later. The dates for the new iPads are right about what we’d expect, around a week after the announcement, while the Mac Pro date is a little later than we’d expect.

Below is what we’re expecting to see for each product … 

For the MacBook Pros, the key selling point will be Haswell processors. This will substantially boost battery-life (Haswell-powered MacBook Airs almost doubled the battery-life of the previous models) and allow them to drive 4K displays. We’re also expecting the front-facing camera to be upgraded to 1080p. The non-Retina MacBook Pros will likely not be updated, though may remain on sale.

The iPad 5 is expected to have the same slim bezel design as the current iPad Mini, to be thinner and lighter than the current model, available in the same colors as the iPhone 5s, be powered by the same A7 chip and to have a larger-aperture 8MP rear camera. We’ve heard conflicting rumors about whether it will have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor or whether Apple will want to keep that as a USP for the iPhone 5s for now.

The key new feature of the iPad Mini 2 is expected to be a Retina display, though we understand that a non-Retina version has also been tested internally, possibly as an entry-level model. The Retina display will require a beefier battery, so we’re expecting it to be very marginally thicker and wider. We’re expecting it to have a variant on the A7 chip from the iPhone 5s, while the non-Retina version – if launched – will likely have an A6.

The Mac Pro has, of course, already been announced. Key features are lightening-fast PCIe-based flash storage, dual-workstation GPUs, Thunderbolt 2 and the ability to support up to three 4K displays.

The event is also likely to cover a refreshed Apple TV, new versions of iWorks, an updated version of Final Cut Pro and to confirm the release date for Mavericks.

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Ben Lovejoy

October 15th

Apple

Mac

ASUS launching a 4k 31.5-inch monitor – but don’t expect to hook it up to your Mac just yet …

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ASUS today revealed that it will launch a 31.5-inch 4k monitor late next month, its 3840×2160 pixels allowing four 1080p HD videos to display full-size on the same screen without overlap. A 4k monitor in such a small package is made possible by using an IGZO panel, whose smaller transistors enable greater pixel density, and is likely to be in the same league (and possibly from the same manufacturer) as the 32-inch Sharp panel we saw at CES.

However, don’t rush out to buy one just yet: it’s unlikely that even a top-spec Mac from today’s line-up would be able to drive the resolution at a decent frame-rate. But the next-generation of Haswell-powered Macs almost certainly will. Indeed, as we mentioned earlier, it’s even possible that a next-generation MacBook Air could do so …

No pricing has yet been announced, but the monitor is aimed at the video pro market so you can expect it to cost considerably more than the shiny new Mac you’ll connect to it.


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Ben Lovejoy

May 31st

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