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Apple: The 2023 new M2 Pro / Max chip version of the Mac already supports 8K displays and requires the use of ultra-high-speed 48Gbps HDMI cables



IT House News on January 25, with the launch of the new 2023 Mac mini and MacBook Pro, Macs began to drive 8K displays smoothly, and Apple released a guide on how to use these high-resolution displays on the Mac. Additionally, the new 2023 Macs support higher 4K refresh rates, up to 240Hz, and expanded support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR).

Support for higher-resolution displays comes from Apple’s new M2 Pro chip, a faster, more powerful version of the M2 chip found in last year’s MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro devices. IT Home learned that,M2 Pro/Max chips appear in all 2023 MacBook Pro configurations and some high-end Mac mini configurations. For Mac mini users, if you want to hook up an 8K display, you’ll want to make sure you buy the M2 Pro chip model, as the entry-level configuration comes with the more affordable standard M2 chip.

In addition to new Mac hardware, users will also need an external display capable of 8K or 4K/240Hz. As of now, there aren’t many 8K desktop display options available, at least not with the required HDMI connectivity capabilities, although there are quite a few 8K TVs already available.

Apple also stated,Users must use a SuperSpeed ​​48Gbps HDMI cable to take advantage of 8K or 4K/240Hz output. Apple recommends bypassing the adapter and connecting the HDMI cable directly to the HDMI port of the monitor or TV. Although Apple doesn’t explicitly say so in its support document, the HDMI port on the display side needs to support HDMI 2.1, as older versions of HDMI lack the required bandwidth.

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