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iPhone 5/4S/4 Supported Video and Audio Format

What best videoformat will the new iPhone 5/4S/4 play/support?


Apple iPhone 5 is another great player for Apple fans after the release of the New iPad. As Apple describes, with an impressive 4-inch Retina display of 326ppi and an 1136x640 resolution, the new iPhone 5 makes it a more exciting experience to watch movies and videos. But there are various video formats in the market, what best video and movie format will the new iPhone 5 support?


iPhone 5 Video Format Supported

  • AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV support at 720p
    AirPlay video streaming to Apple TV (3rd generation) at up to 1080p and Apple TV (2nd generation) at up to 720p

  • H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format.

iPhone 5 Audio Format Supported

  • AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
    User-configurable maximum volume limit

iPhone 4S Video Format Supported:

H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format..


iPhone 4S Music & Audio Format Supported:

    AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV.


iPhone 4S TV Format Supported

  • Support for 1024 by 768 pixels with Dock Connector to VGA Adapter.
  • 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable.
  • 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable (cables sold separately).

iPhone 4 Video/TV Format Supported

  • H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile Level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;
  • MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;
  • Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

iPhone 4 Audio/Music Format Supported

  • AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

Apple's Choice of Best iPhone 5 Video Format

As you can see, the iPhone 5 will play back videos encoded using either the MPEG-4 or H.264 codecs. Apple's likely reason for these particular choices of codec is that they are an open, established standard, and they both provide a very high level of video and audio quality for a given file size. MPEG-4 has historically been very good in this regard to begin with, and the H.264 codec has improved on the quality and file size efficiency. Further, this does not represent the video standard that is used by most video recording devices, TV recording devices, or commercial DVDs. The result is that finding video content from anywhere other than the iTunes Store that is already encoded in an Apple-ready format is going to be difficult, and much of this content will therefore need to be converted.


Recommended Tools to Convert DVD/Video to iPhone Video and Audio Format

There are most commercial video cameras use either uncompressed Digital Video (or "DV") or MPEG-2. Commercial DVDs also use MPEG-2 as their format. Videos downloaded from the Internet can be in any number of formats, including DivX, Windows Media Video (WMV) or QuickTime, among others. So, armed with all of this information, how to convert those videos to iPhone 5 video format, what are the recommended iPhone 5 video format conversion solutions?


If you want to convert videos/DVDs to iPhone supported Video and Audio Formats, the following video and audio format converting program will help you out. These program all have presets for iPhone5/iPhone 4/iPhone 4S, so that you don't have to worry all about the settings for your device.


iFunia Video Converter for Mac - Convert video, including HD & AVCHD - in three easy steps. Convert video into the formats compatible with iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, Kindle Fire, iPod, Apple TV, PSP, etc. Crop, trim, add watermark, merge video files.


iFunia DVD Ripper for Mac - Rip both encrypted and unencrypted DVDs. Rip and convert DVD into the formats compatible with iPod, PSP, iPhone 4, iPad, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, Apple TV, cellphone. Crop, trim and improve movie quality.


iFunia Media Converter for Mac - All in one media transcoder which owns functions of DVD Ripper, Audio Converter and Video Converter for multimedia users to convert video/audio files, rip DVD to any other popular video/audio formats.