The Verge recommends the requirement could have something to do with the T2 chip’s capability to procedure HEVC encoded videos. On its website for the iMac, Apple states the coprocessor can transcode HEVC video approximately twice as quickly as its previous generation T1 chip. That might explain the requirement if Netflix is encoding streams using HEVC. Whatever the case, we’ve reached out to both Apple and Netflix for additional information, and we’ll update this article when we hear back from them.
You’ll need to keep a couple of other requirements in mind if you do have a T2-equipped Mac. Clearly, macOS Big Sur is a must, but don’t forget you likewise require to sign up for Netflix’s $16 per month Premium strategy. Lastly, you can only stream 4K content through Safari; other web browsers will limit you to 720p on a Mac.