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Apple updates multiport adapter with help for 4K HDR video

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Enlarge / The 2019 15-inch MacBook Professional—it seems to be similar to final yr’s mannequin.

Samuel Axon

After Apple streamlined the kinds of ports on its {hardware}, having adapters stays a essential evil. For now, a minimum of the corporate has made a notable quality-of-life enchancment to one in all its AV dongles.

Apple just lately launched an up to date model of the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter. This dongle has USB-C, USB-A, and HDMI ports, and the HDMI choices acquired a bit higher. The machine now consists of help for 4K video at 60 Hz in addition to HDR video in both HDR10 or Dolby Imaginative and prescient.

This replace is on the market when the video is coming from a 15-inch MacBook Professional from 2017 or later, a Retina iMac from 2017 or later, an iMac Professional, or an iPad Professional, and is plugged right into a playback machine that additionally helps 4K and HDR. The Mac machine must be operating a minimum of macOS Mojave 10.14.6, and the iPad must be on a minimum of iOS 12.4.

In the event you’re shopping for direct from Apple, the adapter retails for $69. Apple has discontinued the earlier model, however you’ll wish to be sure you have the proper mannequin if you buy this from a third-party vendor.

Apple has been throwing its weight behind the worth of 4K and HDR video, placing these choices on the forefront of a number of merchandise. It up to date its personal set-top field to have 4K help in 2017, and the corporate has been pushing to make extra high-end video out there on iTunes.

This dongle replace provides one more approach for Apple to cowl its bases with the viewers that owns 4K HDR televisions and displays, however this repair is not an instantaneous one. In the present day’s Mac screens do not help HDR. The brand new Apple TV Mac app, resulting from roll out with macOS 10.15 Catalina this fall, will add help for 4K HDR content material on Macs. So whereas the adapter is a primary step, having the video content material out there is the second.

Plugging a Mac or iPad immediately into your TV could also be a much less widespread use case, however the brand new adapter and the upcoming software program change will repair what has lengthy been a limitation for these customers.


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