As it stands right now, Apple’s latest high-end design of the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro can supporting 5K screens, and this is official word from the Cupertino based giant. The notebook is likewise the first in the business’s MacBook lineup to officially support single-stream 4K screens at 4096 × 2160 @ 60Hz. More details can be discovered here.
Obviously, Apple has actually simply updated its support document marking the changes. The document details how the new device is capable of driving both 4K and 5K external displays. Earlier models of the MacBook do support 4K display screens but were limited to a resolution of 3840 × 2160 @ 60Hz inned comparison to the 4096 × 2160 @ 60Hz output by the latest high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro.
It is believed that this modification, or rather enhancement, comes in as Apple makes a switch to AMD GPUs. The highest-end design of the MacBook Pro now sells an AMD Radeon R9 M370X which is expected to be practically 80-percent faster than earlier generations. All of this naturally, is possible if you’re running OS X 10.10.3.
Support for 5K displays nevertheless, will certainly not be possible as a single-stream option. As a matter of truth, the only 5K display screen which is officially supported by Apple at this point is the Dell UP2715K 27-inch display, and this panel is powered by a dual-cable setup, one that is supported by the high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro through the DisplayPort setup using up 2 Thunderbolt ports.
A part of the document checks out, “Some displays with resolutions greater than 4K need two DisplayPort cables to connect the display screen at full resolution. With OS X Yosemite v10.10.3 or later, the Dell UP2715K 27-inch 5K display screen is supported on the following Mac computer systems: Mac Pro (Late 2013), iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014 and later), MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015) with AMD Radeon R9 M370X.”
Previously, Apple had actually noted the high-end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with its AMD GPU capable of pushing a resolution of 5120×× 2160 @ 60Hz on ultra-wide external screens. However, because then Apple’s main stance is that the machine is capable of driving a single ultra-wide display screen at a resolution of 5120×× 2880 @ 60Hz.
In brief: if you’re looking for a powerful note pad to drive a 5K display, then the brand-new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro is the method to go.