You may not realize it, but the new Apple A8 processor on the latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can handle 4K video playback even though the smaller Apple phone has a native resolution of 1334 X 750 pixels while the larger Plus model has a 1080p Full HD display with 1920 X 1080 pixels. Though you won't get a pixel-for-pixel output on the phones' screens, the A8's ability to handle 4K playback means that users who sideload 4K content would be able to still watch it on their phones.
More Macs are supporting external 4K displays than ever before. Here's a roundup of some Mac-compatible displays you can use if you'd like to expand your Mac's desktop real estate in leaps and bounds. I've also provided some details about 4K display support on specific Mac models, to help guide your decision-making, because 4K displays are still a really significant investment.
LG has announced the new, 31-inch, 31MU97 4K display, and the good news for Mac users is that it's Thunderbolt-ready. Priced at $2,499, the display is just as expensive as the starting price of the newly announced iMac with 5K Retina display.
It appears that OS X Yosemite may be heading for a late October launch. Given that OS X Mavericks was released around the same time last year, this is not an unreasonable time frame. It also seems that the final release will follow a series of developer previews that will conclude at the end of September, followed by a Golden Master in mid-October. From 9to5Mac:
4K monitors could be about to get a whole lot less expensive as Intel has announced a partnership with Samsung to produce units retailing this year for $399. Currently pairing up your Mac with a 4K monitor can be an expensive business with prices stretching into the thousands. But at Computex, in Taiwan, the collaboration with Samsung was announced to bring the cost of panels down by half.
4K video is coming, in fits and starts, not just to the general consumer marketplace but also to Apple products. Apple's actual support of 4K video has been a bit patchwork, but its new beta release of OS X Mavericks 10.9.3, published last week, is starting to provide some clarity to Apple's 4K strategy. What's more, it may be a clue as to what Apple has up its sleeve for new hardware releases. Let's take a look.
Vector is Mobile Nations' cross-site, cross-platform analysis podcast where we talk about the biggest stories and issues in tech with the smartest people in the industry. On this week's episode, Don Melton and Guy English join Rene to get super geeky about 4K TV (aka UHD or 2160p), HEVC (aka H.265), VP8, and the future of televisions, physical and digital media, and transcoding.
I ordered a new Mac Pro but not early enough for it to arrive in a timely fashion. The three Dell UltraSharp 32 UltraHD displays I ordered to go along with it, however, arrived almost immediately. So, I did what any self-respecting geek would do — I connected them to my Retina MacBook Pro. Here's how I got it to work!
As reported yesterday, Apple has today made the brand spanking new Mac Pro available to order, and alongside it the Sharp 32" 4K monitor that appeared in the store briefly before. We've known the starting prices for some time now, but only today do we learn how much we'll be putting down for some of the upgrades. Time to grab your wallets.
Last year Apple introduced MacBook Pros with Retina Displays, and many folks watching the Mac market have assumed that it's only a matter of time before the rest of the line has them too. That may be true, but the newly redesigned Mac Pro is going to leapfrog that by offering something that so far, no other Mac can handle - 4K video. And not just 4K video, but 4K video on three screens.