When Apple releases macOS Big Sur later this year, the new Safari 14 update will finally allow Mac users to stream Netflix in 4K HDR and you will Watch Netflix in 4K on Your Mac. However, while macOS Big Sur will appear on various Mac desktops and laptops, only a few of them have the necessary hardware to stream Netflix content in 4K HDR.
Only these Apple products support 4K Netflix ( Watch Netflix in 4K on Your Mac )
According to a Netflix support document recently unearthed by Apple Terminal, only Macs with a T2 Security chip can transcode HEVC video fast enough to support 4K Netflix. The list of supported devices currently includes:
- 2018 (or newer) MacBook Pro
- 2018 (or newer) MacBook Air
- 2018 Mac mini
- 2019 Mac Pro
- 2020 iMac
- iMac Pro
If you have one of the models listed, you will be able to watch Netflix 4K after installing macOS Big Sur and Safari 14. At the time of writing, the Big Sur update is not yet ready for public release, but you can give it a try. Download the developer beta now.
Please note that only Safari 14 can stream Netflix in 4K format on a Mac; all other browsers will play in HD resolution. You also need to subscribe to Netflix Premium ($16 per month) to choose to access Netflix 4K streaming, and you need a fairly strong Internet connection to work with streaming (minimum 25 Mbps). Make sure your home network speed is normal.
compatible MacBook and iMac models will be able to play video locally on their displays, but you will need a 4K HDR monitor or TV (with HDCP 2.2) to watch it on Mac mini or Mac Pro.