macOS Big Sur will enable customers to stream Netflix in 4K HDR for the primary time, however it appears to be like like solely a handful of Macs will help the function.
As reported by Apple Terminal, streaming Netflix content material in 4K would require greater than a Mac that helps Massive Sur. It noticed a newly-updated help doc on Netflix’s Help Center that reveals solely units with a T2 Safety chip will help the high-quality streaming.
The help web page confirms that in addition to a Mac with macOS 11.0 Massive Sur and the most recent model of Safari put in, a 60Hz 4K-capable show, you’ll want a “choose 2018 or later Mac with an Apple T2 Safety chip.”
This implies to be able to stream Netflix in 4K on macOS, you’ll want a MacBook Professional (2018 or later), MacBook Air (2018 or later), Mac mini (2018), Mac Professional (2019), an iMac Professional or Apple’s newest iMac 2020.
Information of the stringent necessities hasn’t gone down nicely with macOS customers on Reddit, with one person complaining: “The probably concept seems to be studios insisting on stronger Digital Rights Administration (DRM) protections towards content material ripping. Reddit customers be aware that there are additionally particular chip necessities for 4K Netflix streaming on Home windows PCs.”
The explanation for the bizarre requirement stays unclear, however one Reddit person has speculated that it stems from research insisting on stronger Digital Rights Administration (DRM) protections towards content material ripping.
Some are additionally suggesting that maybe that is Netflix’s means of making certain that viewers do not attempting and stream HDR content material on older Mac units, which might outcome sub-par efficiency.
macOS Massive Sur is now as much as its ninth public beta, and is prone to rollout to the general public later this month.