Apple gets friendlier to 4K display and Extends its ultra HD Display Support

by on April 14, 2015

Stephan Jukic – April 14, 2015

Apple, a bit of a latecomer to the 4K display screen bandwagon, is not moving ahead to embrace the new above-Retina resolution wholeheartedly it seems.

The company has quietly started to officially offer expanded support for 4K screens and UHD TVs, and also includes in this list Dell’s UP2715K 27-inch 5k monitor –a direct competitor for Apple’s own 5K iMac.

As of April 10th, the company updated its product support page to reflect the new changes, which also happen to coincide with the release of a new OS X 10.10.3 update that has also come out.

Previously, Apple has been a bit stingy in its support of 4K displays and only supported certain Multi-Stream Transport displays at refresh rates of 60Hz. Now this has changed considerably and the majority of single-stream 4K displays with resolutions of 3840 x 2160 pixels will now be supported at a full and smooth 60Hz (equal to 60 frames per second of rendering).

Basically, what we can now look forward to is many more and much more affordable 4K displays without expensive technology like DisplayPort’s Multi-Stream feature being compatible with Apple devices.

Dell's 5K display monitor is now supported by the Apple 5K iMac with Retina and the Mac Pro

Dell’s 5K display monitor is now supported by the Apple 5K iMac with Retina and the Mac Pro

The Mac devices that will now support these more affordable Single-Stream displays at a 60Hz refresh rate include but may not be limited to the following:

MacBook Pro, 13 inch Retina (Early 2015)

MacBook, Pro Retina 15 inch (Mid 2014)

Mac Pro (Late 2013)

iMac 27 inch (Late 2013 and later)

Mac mini (Late 2014)

MacBook Air (Early 2015)

MacBook, Retina 12 inch screen (Early 2015)

Most interesting is the fact that Apple has also included Dells’ 5K UP2715K monitor, which debuted in 2014 and offers more than 14 million pixels on its 27-inch 5K resolution screen. The monitor sells right now for roughly $2500 and is supported by a OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 or newer Apple OS and a Mac Pro or iMac Retina 5K PC.

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