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?
- Asked by Tony N from San Bruno
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8 Answers from the Community
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.
- Answered by Shawn A from San Francisco
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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.
- Answered by William M from Santa Cruz
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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?
- Answered by David S from San Jose
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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
- Answered by Paul C from West Chester
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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
- Answered by Fane Y from Balwyn
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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.
- Answered by Ronald S
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No. it's the other way around. This display can power 2015/2016 retina MacBooks and 2016 MacBook Pros.
- Answered by Jesse S
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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.
- Answered by Thomas N from Aurora
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