Apple always leaves “small signs” within their software products that give us indications where the company might be heading next. After the big announcement this week surrounding iOS 5 features, it appears the iOS 5 beta seeded to developers has unveiled new details that give signs of possible features Apple is building as part of the upcoming operating system.
The latest reports have given indications that iOS 5 enables playback of 1080p video files scaled down to 720p, and soon could allow developers to activate video export options at 1080p within their applications.
According to 9to5Mac, a few new media framework strings have been added to the iOS software development kit (SDK), including a new 1080p video export preset. According to this finding, developers are reporting that iOS 5′s SDK activates video export options from the original 720p to a 1080p maximum video output.
What does that mean to you? This means that iPad or iPhone applications like iMovie or Camera, and developers apps will be able to save 1080p files. Apple’s iTunes has never supported 1080p syncing with devices through iTunes. Up until now, you could only play certain games that would support 1080p output, but it would require you to use Apple’s Digital AV Adapter. It is quite possible that Apple will allow you to keep 1080p videos on your iOS devices that would be supported by iTunes.
Sure, you will be able to play 1080p video on your iOS devices when iOS 5 releases this fall. But, it won’t look any different than 720p because the resolution in current iOS devices isn’t high enough.
However, this is a big step for Apple. It certainly shows that the Cupertino company is making plans around two things: 1080p video streaming support for AirPlay-compatible devices, and the possible introduction (down the road) of higher resolution displays for a future iPhone and iPad. Will this be one of the next big things for iPhone 5 and iPad 3?