iOS 5 to support 1080p playback on iPad 2

iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad had been limited in the past with 1080p HD video playback through their respective native video viewing applications being an unsupported format. In iOS 5, Apple has changed all that and added 1080p video format support, which now syncs to the iPad 2 and is playable in the full 1080p format, as pointed out by twitter user jamie367p. Prior to iOS 5, iTunes would not even sync video of 1080p quality.

According to first hand accounts by the people over at 9to5Mac, playback is very smooth and looks great; this feature will become available when Apple officially delivers iOS 5 to customers sometime this fall.

You may be wondering the importance of 1080p quality on such small scale devices, consider iOS 5′s AirPlay video mirroring feature. Although this is said to be an iPad 2 only option, this would create an HD capable wireless media center out of nearly all the iOS devices if the feature becomes widely adopted.

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KingCrimson said,
What is the point of this when the iPad 2 screen is 720p?


What part of Streaming 1080p content via Airplay and not so much on the device screen but even so it will down scale if you play on the 720p display anyways but if you output to a TV it will be full 1080P as long as the TV supports it

KingCrimson said,
What is the point of this when the iPad 2 screen is 720p?

ha, the screen isnt even 720p, its XGA 1024x768. it's also not even widescreen, 4:3

KingCrimson said,
What is the point of this when the iPad 2 screen is 720p?

So you can download a file and play it back right off the go on the iPad. Wait. That won't work. Have to be AppleTV containered. Still have to do at least some recoding/profile changing.

Also, the iPad2 has same A5 processor as iPhone 4 - but iPhone 4 won't be able to do this. Hmm. Gotta love Apple's logic.

ahhell said,
Wireless streaming of 1080p content always works great. It won't be choppy at all...nope.
/s

yea i can see sales of wireless xtreme n routers going up.

ahhell said,
Wireless streaming of 1080p content always works great. It won't be choppy at all...nope.
/s

1080p streaming on my network works great for me, at least on the Xbox it does.

Yay, Apple is FINALLY starting to support 1080p across all their devices. I think they're still missing it in Apple TV though, it's about time it's happening.

For everyone saying 'well my this that and the other has done this since 1873', the iPhone 4 and iPad one support 1080P also since their very first release. It was just the official app that didn't because of stupid decisions by Apple.

AirSharing (app) for example has always allowed 1080P file playback on the device.

and how many 1080p movies can you fit on your ipad. 3? real HD,not scummy low bitrate garbage that they are passing as hd

vcfan said,
and how many 1080p movies can you fit on your ipad. 3? real HD,not scummy low bitrate garbage that they are passing as hd

I'm not sure what bitrate you class as "low", but even compressed movies at 1080p will look much, much better than a typical DVD.

Northgrove said,

I'm not sure what bitrate you class as "low", but even compressed movies at 1080p will look much, much better than a typical DVD.

Ya, but they are still going to consume 2-3gb on even a crappy quality compressed version. How many 2gb movies can an iPad hold again? Not many, not a library at least.

Microsoft tried to convince the industry that HDDVD and BluRay was not necessary, as they were putting 1080p on standard dual-layer DVDs, with a 2hr movie fitting into 7gb of space. This is what we now call VC1 (WMV9 back then) that is still used on many BluRay movies.

With VC1, you can shove the HD movie at 1080p down to 7gb without 'human' noticable loss 99% of the time - which is why BluRay and HDDVD were a bit pointless for the actual movie, and more about bonus features and 'new interaction technologies', of which BluRay was horribly broken in providing the interaction technologies and ironic as it is now hardly used, and they could still be using standard DVD media that is much faster and requires cheaper laser.

Every other phone and tablet already does this.
All S^3 Nokia phones, for example, can play 1080p videos and downscale them to native resolution or 720p TV.
It's ridiculous to not downscale 1080p for no obvious reason. Sure you can use third-party apps but iTunes won't sync the videos.

Sacha said,
Every other phone and tablet already does this.
All S^3 Nokia phones, for example, can play 1080p videos and downscale them to native resolution or 720p TV.
It's ridiculous to not downscale 1080p for no obvious reason. Sure you can use third-party apps but iTunes won't sync the videos.

But when Apple does it, it's news all of a sudden. Like nobody else has done it before!

Enron said,

But when Apple does it, it's news all of a sudden. Like nobody else has done it before!

In being fair to the writer of the article, they're simply stating a fact. No need to get so worked up about it.

Skittlebrau said,

In being fair to the writer of the article, they're simply stating a fact. No need to get so worked up about it.

Ya, cause it made 'NEWS' which is the of OP you were responding to. Do you see any other articles when any other devices or OSes offered 1080p?

So it gets presented as 'important' and 'new' to the general population because the news follows the tripe Apple drops for them.

(Ironic considering Apple was so eager to tell people it didn't matter when iTunes content and then even AppleTV would not output 1080p, and after watching the rest of the industry offer these features for almost 6 years, they are now the 'headline' makers on a feature the previously down played.)

I can already play 1080p High profile at Level 4.1 on my Samsung Galaxy S2

Apple has been a laggard in supporting H.264 high level encoded video on its handheld devices.
Hope they can catch-up Samsung with this update and not just claim 1080p support with no b-frame or other advanced AVC feature support.

meh, it will only display in the lower res, you'd need a propriatory cable to watch it on your tv in 1080p assuming it would even let you.

Hope this means there will be 1080p tv shows and movies that we can buy off itunes.