Devices May Need to be Updated to Access Advanced Content
At Apple’s next system software release of the macOS Big Sur, reports indicate that Netflix may only stream in 4K to Macs that have a T2 security chip. Apple has yet to announce the release date for Big Sur but rumors are saying it will be sometime this fall.
The T2 chip was produced starting in 2018. Models with this chip include:
- iMac introduced in 2020
- iMac Pro
- Mac Pro introduced in 2019
- Mac mini introduced in 2018
- MacBook Air introduced in 2018 or later
- MacBook Pro introduced in 2018 or later
To find out if your Mac has a T2 chip:
- Press and hold the Option key while choosing Apple () menu > System Information.
- In the sidebar, select either Controller or iBridge, depending on the version of macOS in use.
- If you see “Apple T2 chip” on the right, your Mac has the Apple T2 Security Chip.
The 4K content stream will only be on Apple’s Safari browser. Other browsers such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox will apparently limit the stream to 720p on a Mac.
High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) of the T2 Chip
The situation may be linked to the fact that the T2 chip has the ability to process High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) which twice as fast as its predecessor, the T1 chip.
HEVC is well-loved, which is evident in its winning a Primetime Emmy Engineering Award in 2017 for having a significant effect on television technology.
The 4K streams on Netflix are available on its Premium plan only.
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