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08 October 2015
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iPhone 6s, Popularity of 4K Video

One of the many new and impressive features of the iPhone 6s is its ability to film and play 4K video. If you are unfamiliar with the concept, 4K is a catch-all term for video with a horizontal resolution of 4,000 but often refers to any ultra HD resolution above 3,840 by 2,160 pixels. With that understanding, here's an in-depth look at 4K video on the iPhone, how it works, and what it means for the future.

4K and Ultra HD

Ultra HD is the umbrella term for this emerging video technology, but that doesn't really explain what the benefits of 4K resolution really are. 4K video offers greater depth of color, increased brightness, and improved contrast. A greater resolution means that images on screen appear more realistic and that details lost in lower resolutions now shine. 4K video is quickly being adopted by many TV manufacturers – Dish points out that manufacturers such as LG, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, TCL, Hisense and Vizio have all begun using the 4K resolution platform because of the improved image quality. Much like the birth of HD video, it seems that 4K video will eventually become the standard, and the iPhone 6s' ability to film and display this type of video signals the beginning of this new era in video quality.

4K Content

As of today, most 4K content is currently available in streaming form. Streaming video company Netflix has already started offering ultra HD content, and other streaming services such as Amazon and Vudu are on the way.

Back when HD content was new, there was very little content initially available in the medium, but 4K content for the iPhone 6s is already here. The Verge reports that the documentary “The Painter of Jalouzi,” about a painter named Duval in Haiti, is the first documentary shot in 4K on the 6s Plus. Rich with vivid colors, “The Painter of Jalouzi” demonstrates the power of the iPhone 6s Plus' 4K camera to capture rich and realistic color better than any HD camera. Consumers have this sort of technology available to them today, and can shoot 4K quality video right from their own iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.

The Future of 4K

4K video features the same industry issues that HD video and even color television did when they were new – content for the medium will be slow to appear until consumers choose to purchase more devices that can stream the content. HDTV and color programming for television exploded as consumers chose devices that could show them and within a short period of time became the standard, and the same will be true of 4K video. 4K video is already well on its way to dominate the future of visual media as this technology reaches all major visual applications. In fact, 4K.Com reports that sales of 4K devices will grow by $18 billion by the end of 2015 and that the 4K display market will reach $52 billion by the end of 2020 with LCD TVs leading the sales and smartphone devices taking second place. The future of 4K is looking bright, and the iPhone 6s is perhaps the tipping point in this technology becoming the new standard in displays.

Carol@Click

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