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Apple adds HDR10+ to the TV app in iOS 16

Shared With You Content In Apple Tv App On Ios
Shared With You Content In Apple Tv App On Ios (Image credit: Luke Filipowicz / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple has quietly added HDR10+ support to the Apple TV app.
  • It is confirmed in iOS 16 for Apple's newer iPhones.
  • Apple has reportedly confirmed support for the Apple TV 4K and the iPad.

Apple has quietly added support for HDR10+ to iOS 16 and the iPhone and appears to have confirmed the feature will also be available on some of its other platforms too.

Apple's iOS 16 preview (opens in new tab) states:

HDR10+ support The latest generation of high dynamic range technology is now supported in the Apple TV app.

HDR10+ is a bit like Dolby Vision and prominent on Amazon Prime. It's a more advanced version of HDR10 that gives you better brightness and contrast that can be adjusted throughout your viewing, unlike HDR10 which sets its parameters at the outset of a movie and can't change them.

FlatPanels HD reports that Apple has confirmed this is also coming to iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura, but that there's no word on tvOS.

As our friends at TechRadar note, the addition is a bit of a strange one as no content inside the Apple TV app actually uses HDR10+, and the services that do play it inside their own apps, not the Apple TV app, making the support seem a bit redundant. That is unless Apple is planning to add such content in the near future.

Apple gave tvOS a quiet update at WWDC that didn't even make the main keynote, bringing with it cross-device connectivity improvements and multiuser support. From Apple:

Integrate your tvOS app with your iOS, iPadOS, or watchOS app to unlock new experiences on Apple TV. For example, you can deliver more personalized workouts on Apple TV based on motion sensor data from Apple Watch, display real-time information on iPhone while media plays in your app on Apple TV, or include more screens for gameplay.

The company also unveiled iOS 16, and a new M2 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

Betas of all Apple's new software are available to developers now.

Stephen Warwick
Stephen Warwick

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.