iPhone 4 Might Be Able To Playback 1080p Video?

June 12, 2010

Apple’s official specs on the iPhone 4 state that it can run H.264 video up to 720p at 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats. However if you remember back a few months it was shown that the 3GS could playback 720p/1080i video, although it was not officially supported, see related for the link. So this has made me think that due to the bump in CPU power, now that the iPhone is running Apple’s A4 chip that it should be able to playback full 1080p video.

With the extended battery and retina display, I can imagine that watching HD video on the iPhone 4 will be stunning but I can understand why Apple doesn’t include it official as it does save battery life playing 720p instead of full 1080p.

Also if you plug your iPhone 4 into your TV it would be a useful device to watch HD movies without the need for BluRay.

Related:
iPhone 3GS Capable Of HD (720p/1080i) Video


iPhone 4G Wishlist

January 13, 2010

So with all the rumours over the past few months I’ve been thinking what I’d love to see from the next iteration of the iPhone. Although some of the points maybe wrong if you believe the rumours, we have been wrong many times before but this is just what would make the iPhone 4G the next killer device.

  • Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 CPU

The iPhone runs pretty well on its current CPU, but having a dual core more powerful CPU would help make the phone snappier and along with the PowerVR SGX545 GPU we could be looking at desktop quality games and HD content.

  • PowerVR SGX545 GPU (HD Graphics)

With HD capability we could play games at a whole new level, surpassing any current portable gaming device on the market. Along with HD playback and hopefully HD video recording.

  • 5/8 Megapixel with Flash

The rumours say that Apple is going to include a 5 Megapixel camera in the next iPhone and possibly Flash but a lot of phones these days are pushing up to 8MP and with bigger capacities why not?

  • 720p video recording

This would help bring more products in to one, the iPhone 3GS does a good job of video recording at VGA but 720p would make that video look even better.

  • 802.11n WiFi

There has been a recent job posting looking for someone who would be able to work with 802.11n WiFi so it would be nice for the people who use it.

  • Bigger memory capacity (16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB)

For some people they must have all their video and music collection with them and so we need to increase the size of memory as usual, obviously Apple controls the prices on flash memory so I’m sure they can offer it.

  • 512MB RAM

We’ve been slowly progressing, the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G both had 128MB or RAM which isn’t good when you have to reboot your device to play games, the 3GS made up for it with 256MB but why not add in a little overhead for those jailbreakers who multi-task?

  • Front Facing Camera

This is a feature that was rumoured for the 3GS but never happened, the technology has been around for years. I had a Sony Ericsson phone about 5 years ago that could video call, it was one of the first 3G devices in Europe but still the technology is there and it would make taking self-shots easier.

  • OLED Display

This would make a nice feature, not only because it looks better but because it saves on battery life which is something the iPhone really needs ever since 3.0.

  • Better Battery

As most iPhone users will tell you, unless you have a battery pack with you, your phone will not last the day. The jailbreak are trying at the current time to certain daemons from running and this apparently does increase battery life, but Apple should really sort this issue out.

  • Fully Bluetooth Support

So many people ask me you have bluetooth right? And I reply the truth, Yes. But of course then I have to tell them how it’s crippled and how I can’t even send them a picture over Bluetooth.
These are just my personal hopes for the next iPhone, obviously I know not all of them will come but hopefully Apple fits some in there. And one last thing, headphones that last longer than 4 months, I’ve been through 3 pairs in under a year.


iPhone 3GS Capable Of HD (720p/1080i) Video

August 21, 2009

In April it was rumoured that the iPhone 3GS would be able to play 720p and 1080i HD video via the Apple AV Cables. Apple LogoWhen the device was finally released it was found that the video still played like its predecessors only supporting SD 2.5Mbps MPEG 4 or H264 video. But this turned out to a set limit by Apple, possibly to save the battery life of the device or to keep the old iPhone videos working on the new 3GS model.

A user of the Chinese website WeiPhone did a lot of testing with the iPhone 3GS and they discovered that it can in fact smoothly play HD video at 30Mbps at a 1080i (1980×1080) resolution. This was achieved by uploading various HD movies to the iPhone 3GS using the program FileAid and then running them via the iPhones built-in video player.

Playing back HD video on a iPhone is very useful on the small screen and the battery usage would drain a lot quicker. However is you used Apple’s Component AV Cables and it would be possible to run HD video from the iPhone.