Apple had already given the beta testers of iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and tvOS 14 a great gift in the past few weeks. Now, however, Mac users can also look forward to testing macOS Big Sur. The novelty could mean farewell to Google Chrome for many users.
macOS Big Sur: Safari now also supports YouTube videos in 4K
With the first beta of iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and tvOS 14, Apple made it possible for the first time to support YouTube on its own devices in 4K. As the company now notes in the release notes of the fourth developer beta, which corresponds to the recently published public beta, this change now also applies to the Safari browser in macOS Big Sur.
Until now, users who wanted to watch YouTube videos in 4K had to switch to alternative browsers – this was often Google’s own Chrome browser. Users of the portable MacBooks in particular wanted Chrome to be an alternative without having to forego features such as high-resolution YouTube videos, among other things due to the increased load – and thus reduced battery life. This is exactly what is now possible in Big Sur.
As heise further reports, Apple’s support for the VP9 codec in macOS Big Sur enables the playback of 4K content in your own browser. Even 8K videos should be able to be played back without any problems and without noticeable temperature differences on current hardware.
In addition to the display of videos beyond 1080p, Safari also allows the playback of HDR content. A Mac from 2018 is required for this, for the iMac this must be from the 2020 model year. It is believed that similar requirements also apply to hardware decoding of VP9.
Here are some more important new features in macOS Big Sur:
YouTube in 4K: iPhone, iPad and Apple TV took the first step
Observers of Apple’s current beta phase expected the novelty in Safari on the Mac shortly after it became known that both iOS and iPadOS as well as Apple TV with tvOS allowed playback of 4K and HDR. The final versions of the operating systems are expected in the coming autumn.
Public beta versions of iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS have been available for weeks. The first public beta of macOS Big Sur has been available for a few hours now. Registration for these beta versions is still possible.