Some of the new Mac models Apple presented last week can output the video signal via HDMI at 8K and a refresh rate of 60 Hz to screens compatible with this resolution. Related to this, Apple has published a new help document with information about this type of use.
Specifically, it concerns the new Mac mini with an Apple M2 Pro processor and the new MacBook Pro models equipped with the M2 Pro and M2 Max processor variants. The specifications published by Apple for the HDMI connection installed in these devices suggest that the HDMI 2.1 standard is installed here, even though Apple itself, as usual, does not provide the HDMI version number here.
Correct settings and cables required
However, to get the full range of features mentioned in the specifications of the new computers, you need to pay attention to the subtleties mentioned in the support document recently published by Apple. According to Apple, not only is the order in which you make the connection and the associated settings relevant, but it is also pointed out that you need an Ultra High Speed HDMI cable to connect the display, which is suitable for a bandwidth from up to 48 Gbit/s.
Apple’s instructions are not yet available in German
When the monitor is connected, the resolution can always be changed through the Mac system settings. However, some displays may require pre-enabling support for features such as 8K or variable refresh rate (VRR) in the device’s built-in setup menus.
Apple offers the right cable recommendation with the Belkin UltraHD HDMI Cable in its own online store. The ultra-fast HDMI cable is available there with a length of two meters and costs 39.95 euros.