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    iPhone Playing 1080p at 30Mbps

    Back in April it was rumored that the next iPhone (current iPhone 3GS) would be capable and enabled to play true HD video in 720p and 1080i to your television via the Apple Composite AV Apple Component AV cable. When it was finally released the iPhone 3GS still played video like its predecessors only supporting SD 2.5Mbps Mpeg 4 or H264 video.

    As things turn out this is an arbitrary limit set by Apple possibly to conserve battery life or to simply match previous models.

    A user of chinese site WeiPhone did a lot of testing with the iPhone 3GS and discovered it can smoothly play back HD video at 30 Mbps in 1980x1080 resolution. The test was done by uploading various HD movies to the iPhone 3GS using the program FileAid and then running them via the iPhones built-in video player.

    Not that this has any real usage in everyday life since HD video doesn't have much of a point on the small iPhone screen. You could however pick up one of those Apple Component AV cables and run some high-def from iPhone to TV if you REALLY needed (?) to -- assuming someone figures out a way to bypass the output limits set by Apple.

    weiphone via ilounge
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 3GS High-Def Video Capable started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Useless but very cool
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Useless but very cool
      Agreed, minus the very cool.

      I give it a "cool" at best.
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      whos gonna write a new "unrestrictor"?
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tattoojack View Post
      i can see it now.

      you are at a friends house, and they just DO NOT want to accept how BA your iphone is.
      they get bored.
      "lets watch a movie!"
      "all our movies suck "
      you plug in the iphone, and start playing an HD copy of a movie that just hit DVD yesterday
      no one has seen it yet.
      everyones happy.

      you spend the next week on craigslist finding 5 used iphones for all your friends who HAVE to have one now.

      haha this has been the story of my life so far and i didnt even need the HD feature
      this scenario would take the cake though
      i would have to open my own iphone retail store
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Yeah, I've been doing that for about a year now. I always have 3-4 movies on my phone and I keep the A/V cables in my car just in case.
    1. clawsonjack's Avatar
      clawsonjack -
      no way!!
    1. reallynotnick's Avatar
      reallynotnick -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      a 1080p rip of a movie wouldn't fit on an 8GB 3G
      And this matters, why?
      We are talking about the 3GS which comes in 16 and 32 gigabytes.
    1. Darkhunter130's Avatar
      Darkhunter130 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      Yeah, I've been doing that for about a year now. I always have 3-4 movies on my phone and I keep the A/V cables in my car just in case.
      How does it look on the TV? Will a video I downloaded from itunes look ok on a 32 inch TV with the AV cables?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ not too bad on a 32".
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      If you do a good encode straight off a DVD, it looks almost as good as a DVD. It does show some artifacts on busy scenes but for the convenience of making your iPhone a portable DVD I can't complain.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ I agree. Maybe not great for action movies but for slower moving scenes the picture looks clear
    1. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      This is interesting. I would like to see true HD played back on the iPhone just to see how it handles it.
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      can't wait for this to become mainstream
    1. thedanks's Avatar
      thedanks -
      has anyone figured out how to get the high def video to play through the component cables? it don't work for me when play them through fileaid. The videos look pretty damn good on the iphone though.