YouTube's app now supports HDR on the iPhone 12 lineup

YouTube on iPhone X
YouTube on iPhone X (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • All of Apple's iPhone 12 options support HDR video.
  • YouTube just updated its app to support HDR video on the new devices.
  • The app needs to be updated for new hardware so make sure you update first.

YouTube has today updated its iPhone app to add support for Apple's new iPhone 12 lineup. That means that all four new handsets now support HDR video for the first time.

While YouTube has offered HDR support for iPhones since the arrival of iPhone X, the app does require an update every time a new device is released. That's less than ideal but, thankfully, YouTube seems to be pretty on the ball and gets the updates out relatively quickly. It did take a few weeks last year, though.

The newly updated YouTube is available as a free download from the App Store right now. Not that you'd know what to expect from the release notes!

Fixed bugs, improved performance, explored the edges of the known universe.

Apple released iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro a couple of weeks ago, while iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will go on sale this coming Friday, too.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.