Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can play back ultra high-definition 4K video, despite the Cupertino phone-maker opting not to publicise the feature in promotional material.
Developers working on a Mac app called WALTR, which is designed to allow video playback of certain files not permitted in iTunes, made the discovery during testing.
It’s believed the devices’ powerful on board A8 processors are what enables them to handle 4K.
The video format has boomed in 2014 following the widespread release of TVs with support for the tech, as well as backing from streaming services.
This year has also seen some top end phones, such as LG’s G3, including 4K video recording as standard.
The screen resolution of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus means users won’t be able to watch 4K clips in their native state.
But it does ensure that there’s no need to shoot lower quality footage on dedicated cameras if users wish to side load content onto their Apple handsets.
The only issue comes with file sizes. 4K clips take up a huge amount of storage, meaning only those with 128GB iPhones are likely to be able to enjoy the benefits of this just-discovered feature.