When It Comes to Video Quality How Much Is Too Much?
This entry was posted on Thursday, September 17, 2015.
In case you haven't already heard, 4K or Ultra HD, video is coming to iPhone 6S. That's really good news for a tiny sliver of the population who refuses to watch what they consider inferior quality video.
However, for just about everyone else, it's a big yawn at best, and an incredible hassle at worst.
The problem is not with the recording of 4K video, the quality of the device or the screen. The problem is bandwidth: 4K, or Ultra HD, video simply uses way more bandwidth for transfer than anything else, which is a costly problem for just about everyone.
4K video is about four times the resolution of full HD, aka 1080p. That means a far more detailed image. That’s nice, but it’s also the very reason 4K has been so slow to catch on. It requires enormous bandwidth to stream, and requires costly new backend infrastructure to broadcast. 4K televisions have been paraded out for years, but few people buy them because of the added expense and the fact that there’s just not much to watch in 4K! From a consumer standpoint, ultra high def remains a spectacle and not a standard....
It’s just not something that is going to carry broad appeal. Regular people won’t be able to spot the quality difference, especially when watching on their phone or social media where the added resolution is diluted by compression and tiny displays. They will only be saddled by the added storage demands of the larger 4K video files. We don’t know the specifics of Apple’s 4K file compression, so the extent of this issue can’t yet be measured, but it’s a likely outcome.
You can read more about Apple's 4K plans for the iPhone 6 right here. Let us know in the Comments if you're excited, saddened, or yawning at the news.