Which Macs can power this display?

For the requirements it simply says macOS Sierra 10.12.1 and USB-C macs - can the 13" MBP power it? 12" Macbook?

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    The top answer is wrong (and I had the joy of buying one of the new displays based on that misinformation). If you have a late 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, to be clear, you can NOT use it with this monitor.

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  • I have a MacBook Air 11" 2011 model. It has a Thunderbolt port (v1). It's specs show it to be able to drive a 27" monitor.

    Running Sierra and using a Thunderbolt 2.0 cable with a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter DOES NOT WORK with this monitor.

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  • The earlier answer says "The tech specs of every Mac model (model and year) state the maximum resolution of an external display that it supports." According to Apple's site, the tech specs for the the 2015 MacBook Pro states:

    Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display
    and up to 3840 by 2160 pixels on up to two external displays, both at millions of colors.

    So, it looks like even the 2015 MacBook pro will NOT support the full resolution of this monitor (4096-by-2304). If the 2015 MacBook Pro does not work with this monitor, it is hard to believe any models other than the current MacBook Pro will work with it.

    Am I missing something?

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  • A Mac with a native USB-C connector is required. The Mac doesn't power the display - it's the reverse - a single USB-C cable (included) can power the Mac, but ONLY up to 60w. That means the 12" MacBook and 13" MacBook Pro can be powered by this display. But not the 15" MacBook Pro (which draws 85w). The 5K UltraFine display supplies enough power for the 15" MacBook Pro

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  • From teh official apple page:

    Supported displays and configurations

    You can use 4K displays and Ultra HD TVs with these Mac computers.
    MacBook Pro (Retina, Late 2013) and later
    Mac Pro (Late 2013)
    iMac (27-inch, Late 2013) and later
    Mac mini (Late 2014)
    MacBook Air (Early 2015)
    MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015) and later

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  • This monitor plugs into a wall socket for electricity. You have the concept backwards... This monitor can provide power TO a MacBook (12" or the 2016 Pros), not the other way around.

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  • No. it's the other way around. This display can power 2015/2016 retina MacBooks and 2016 MacBook Pros.

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  • The tech specs of every Mac model (model and year) state the maximum resolution of an external display that it supports. Check yours to see if it supports 4K. You will need a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 enabled Mac, and the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter, plus a Thunderbolt 2 cable.

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