1. Which Devices Support HEVC Playback in HLS?
Three classes of devices support HEVC playback in HLS:
iOS: All devices compatible with iOS 11. This includes all iPhones from the 5s
forward, iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad mini 2 and later models, the iPad 5th
generation, and iPod touch 6th generation devices.
Mac: All devices compatible with MacOS 11, or High Sierra, including MacBook
(late 2009 or newer), MacBook Pro (mid-2010 or newer), MacBook Air (late 2010
or newer), Mac mini (mid-2010 or newer), iMac (late 2009 or newer), and Mac Pro
(mid-2010 or newer).
Apple TV: Apple TV 4K.
At this point, it’s also worth discussing what you don’t get by supporting HEVC in
HLS, at least currently. Specifically, although Android supports HLS and HEVC,
at this point Android can’t play back HEVC video included as part of an HLS
By Jan Ozer