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Technology Netflix will only stream in 4K to Macs that have a T2 security chip

00:45  02 october  2020
00:45  02 october  2020 Source:   engadget.com

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The T 2 security chip is basically a system-on-a- chip from the iPhone minus the CPU, GPU and some other parts. Not only does it power Hey Siri, but also encrypts internal flash And that’s why Netflix is recommending using a Mac with the T 2 chip to stream their content in 4 K resolution smoothly.

Streaming 4 K HDR Content on Netflix Requires a T 2 Security Chip in Your Mac Running macOS Big Sur. However, all macOS Big Sur compatible Macs will not be getting the support as it was recently discovered. Only the models with a T 2 Security chip will be able to stream Netflix in 4 K HDR.

When Apple releases macOS Big Sur later this year, Mac users will finally have the chance to start streaming Netflix in 4K HDR on their computer. But you’ll need more than a 4K-capable display to do so. In a support document spotted by Apple Terminal(via 9to5Mac), Netflix says you’ll also need a computer with a T2 Security chip. With that hardware requirement means is that only recent Macs have the ability to play UHD content from Netflix.

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Here’s the full list of T2-equipped Macs: 2018 or later MacBook Pro, 2018 or later MacBook Air, 2018 Mac mini, 2019 Mac Pro, iMac Pro and 2020 iMac. If you’re not sure whether your Mac has the necessary hardware, you can find out by following the steps Apple details on its website.

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That means some Macs that could theoretically play 4 K Netflix content won’t be able to. It’s not clear why the T 2 security chip is required: Netflix didn’t have an immediate answer for us, and We’re not sure if Netflix uses HEVC for these high-res streams , but if it does, perhaps the T 2 chip is

Ultra HD streaming is available on Netflix on many 4 K devices. Netflix is available in Ultra HD on Windows and Mac computers with If your device supports Netflix Ultra HD streaming and you have a plan that offers it, you can search Netflix for the terms " 4 K " or "UltraHD" to find titles available in

The Verge suggests the requirement could have something to do with the T2 chip’s ability to process HEVC encoded videos. On its webpage for the iMac, Apple says the coprocessor can transcode HEVC video up to twice as fast as its previous generation T1 chip. If Netflix is encoding streams using HEVC, that could explain the requirement. Whatever the case, we’ve reached out to both Apple and Netflix for more information, and we’ll update this article when we hear back from them.

If you do have a T2-equipped Mac, you’ll need to keep a couple of other requirements in mind. Obviously, macOS Big Sur is a must, but don’t forget you also need to subscribe to Netflix’s $16 per month Premium plan. Lastly, you can only stream 4K content through Safari; other browsers will limit you to 720p on a Mac.

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