The iPhone 6 is a very powerful device with it’s 64-bit A8 processor, but it’s been discovered that the new smartphone from Apple is capable of handling 4K video.
According to the developers behind the Mac app WALTR, the iPhone 6 is capable of playing 4K videos right out of the box. The video below shows proof that Apple’s new device can play 4K videos at a resolution of 3840×2160.
The iPhone 6 has a resolution of 1334×750, while the iPhone 6 Plus rocks a full HD resolution of 1920×1080, which means that neither devices would be able to adequately show off the detail of a 4K video, but they would at least be able to play these kinds of videos, should a user have them stored on the devices. Plus, it’s possible that you could hook your iPhone 6 up to your 4K display and watch them on a larger screen, or hack your way through AirPlay to play them wirelessly, although that might not bode well for your network bandwidth.
Of course, it’s also highly unlikely that most users will want to watch 4K videos on their iPhone 6 anyway, thanks to the large file sizes that you’ll inevitably come across, as well as the fact that 4K just isn’t mainstream quite yet. Nevertheless, knowing that the capability is there says a lot about what the iPhone 6 is capable of should you want to watch 4K video in the future.
This development also has us wondering about future products from Apple. Is it possible that the Cupertino-based company could shove the iPhone 6’s A8 processor into the next Apple TV? This would mean that it would support 4K content right out of the box, making it one of the first streaming boxes to do so.
Plus, Apple has already gone above and beyond 4K by introducing its new iMac with Retina display last month, which comes with an impressive 5K display that would put any 4K television to shame.
The Retina iMac’s design hasn’t changed compared to the last generation, which isn’t too surprising, but Apple only unveiled a 27-inch Retina model this time around. A 21.5-inch Retina iMac was a no show, but rumors suggest that we’ll still see one in the near future, most likely early next year.
As for the current non-Retina iMacs, they’re staying put in the lineup as cheaper options, and the new Retina model is simply the higher-priced option starting at $2,499. This is similar to how the Retina MacBooks were first introduced back in 2012, with non-Retina models still staying put in the lineup until they were overtaken eventually by all Retina models. The same thing could happen to the iMac in a couple of years.
Apple already updated its iMac lineup earlier this year when the entry-level 21.5-inch model got a $200 price cut, but also saw a slight decrease in performance. From this, Apple moved the previous entry-level model into the mid-range position. The new entry-level variant sports a 1.4GHz dual core Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM and 500GB of storage for the price of $1,099.
The current entry-level 27-inch iMac sports a 3.2GHz quad-core Core i5 processor with 8GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive starting at $1,799.
If you’re wanting to get one of the new fancy Retina iMacs before Christmas, you better act now, as shipping estimates are quickly slipping.