Apple’s new 15 and 13 inch Macbook Pros can handle multiple 4K displays simultaneously
Stephan Jukic – October 28, 2016
Apple is known for the high cutting-edge caliber of its technology even if the company falls well short of industry standards in some cases (such as Apple TV, which still eschews 4K UHD compatibility in a market where virtually all competitors offer the ability). However, when the company decides to really wow consumers and tech watchers with its new releases, they certainly know how to deliver a serious kick.
This is the case with the new Macbook Pro notebook, which comes with a discrete AMD Radeon GPU that is capable of running a stunning 43 million pixels of digital video resolution without lag at the same time. This essentially means that the new and compact laptop can handle the specific video and display graphics of four different DCI 4K (4096 X 2160 pixels) monitors or displays at the same time with unprecedented power.
This remarkable feat is possible thanks to the specific tech specs of the new Macbook Pro, which allow the machine’s connectivity and processing technologies to handle four DCI 4K monitors at full 60fps smoothness and with full color gamut coverage. Obviously enough, if we’re also talking about attaching 5K monitors to the new Macbook, it can handle this too,with the capacity to handle two such displays along with its own native Retina display.
Even the 15 inch Macbook Pro’s smaller cousin, the 13 inch version has its own heavy duty graphics handling chops, with the ability to manage discreet graphics on two different DCI 4K monitors or one single 5K monitor aside from its own native display space. This is thanks to the 13 inch model’s also fairly powerful Intel Iris GPU.
Of course, these kinds of performance specs don’t come cheap either. The 15 inch Macbook Pro coupled with a couple of LG’s new 5K Thunderbolt monitors will set you back by well over $5000.
Going into some connectivity specifics, the new 15 inch Macbook Pro can deliver the graphics power described above to other 4K or 5K monitors due mainly to its GPU chops but also to a large extent because of its powerful new Thunderbolt 3 ports which also come with DisplayPort connectivity support for fans of UHD gaming from high end GPUs. Both the 15 and 13 inch Macbook Pro models come with four different USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 built into each of them.
Now if you’re wondering where exactly you can get your hands on a 5K display just to give this nw Apple connectivity power a spin, well “coincidentally”, LG is soon releasing two new UHD monitors, one of which offers 4K resolution and the other which comes with a native 5K display which will be a refreshing new source of competition to the current main 5K stand-alone monitor offering on the market from Dell in the form of its UltraSharp model. The LG 5K monitor will be retailing for a somewhat hefty $1,299.95 while the 4K monitor will retail for $699.95. Both will also offer USB-C connectivity with Thunderbolt 3 support which exactly match the specs of the MacbookPro models.
If this seems like too much of a coincidence for compatibility to the new Macbook Pro models to be random, it’s because it’s not. Apple is partnering with LG in the development of these new monitors.
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