The New Screen Savers 129: iPhone X is Here

– The iPhone X is here. Leo Laporte and Megan Morrone give their first impressions on how Face ID works, the lack of a home button, and screen.
– Kelsea Weber from iFixit.com already torn down the iPhone X. They found some inventive ways Apple built the phone, including using two batteries.
– Researchers at Stanford and Adobe developed an AI that can automatically edit video on a dialogue-driven scene in seconds.
– Megan and Leo will put an end to the Emjoi Cheeseburger kerfuffle in a taste-off between Facebook, Google, and Apple. Which emoji has the ingredients stacked correctly for taste?
– Jason Howell has the five most exciting features of the new Google Pixel 2 XL.
– Our Holiday Gift Guide continues. This week, Scott Wilkinson has his home theater picks including TVs, soundbars, AV receivers, UHD Blu-Ray players, and UHD streaming.

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Answer Line: 4K HDTVs Explained

A 4K HDTV, also known as an Ultra HDTV or a UDTV, is a television with approximately 4,000 pixels of horizontal resolution. Or, to be more specific, not quite 4,000 pixels of horizontal resolution. A UDTV actually has 3840 pixels horizontally and 2160 vertically, giving it four times the resolution of standard 1080p.

And yes, there’s an extremely confusing terminology change here. For many years, we’ve been describing television resolution by the exact vertical resolution–480, 720, 1080. Now we’re supposed to move to an approximate horizontal resolution–with the familiar 1080p (1920 horizontal pixels) being the equivalent to 2K.

For what it’s worth, the xK terminology is only new for consumer technology. Professional digital cameras, scanners, and movie theater projectors have been labeled 2K and 4K for years.

But does 4K make sense in a consumer environment? I doubt it–at least if you don’t have a front projector and a wall-sized screen. And even then, you’ll get little out of the difference.

Most of what you see in movie theaters these days is in 2K, and it looks great. Most movie theaters have 2K digital projectors, and even the ones with 4K projectors usually run 2K content, because that’s what the studios provide. In fact, a great many theaters with 4k projectors never remove their 3D lenses, which effectively turn them into 2K projectors. (Some of them don’t even bother to remove the 3D filters, which make them very dark 2K projectors; you’ll find more on that issue here.)

Another reason why you don’t need a 4K TV: There’s no 4K content to speak of. Sure, the TV manufacturers are going to include some content in the TV itself, but that will be limited and possibly not what you want to see.

In the long run, I may be wrong. But in the here and now, 4K TVs are worthwhile only for people suffering from TMM (Too Much Money).

via Answer Line: 4K HDTVs Explained | PCWorld.