Version 5 of Netflix’s app for iPhone and iPad adds HD streaming and AirPlay mirroring for people using iOS 7.
Much like the difference between SD and HD on a regular TV, you’ll probably notice a night-and-day difference between your old streaming experience and the new one with HD enabled, especially on retina iPads.
With AirPlay streaming, you can now stream a film or TV show from your Netflix account to your friend’s Apple TV, much like what’s possible with Google’s Chromecast dongle, without having to log in to your account in order to make that happen.
The change is good news for Apple, since now the iPad and iPhone have now caught up to the Nexus 7 and other Android devices compatible with Netflix’s app for Android 4.3, which already had HD streaming enabled.
The Netflix app is available for free (but requires a $9.99/month subscription to the service) on the App Store.
Blair Hanley Frank is a technology journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has also worked for Macworld, PCWorld and TechHive. He can be found on Twitter @belril.
- key specs
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- Form factorTablet
- Operating systemiOS (6)
- Screen size9.7 inches
- Storage typeInternal storage (16 GB, Flash)
- Camera (integrated)5 megapixels
- Maximum battery lifeUp to 10 hours
- Dimensions9.5 x 7.31 x 0.37 in
- Weight1.44 lb
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