New Mac mini and 13-inch MacBook Pro support 6K displays for the first time

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What you need to know

  • The new 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini now support 6K displays.
  • Support includes Apple's own Pro Display XDR.
  • The Intel-based MacBook Air released earlier this year already supported 6K displays.

Reported by MacRumors, Apple's new Mac mini and 13-inch MacBook Pro not only gain capabilities within the Mac that were impossible before but now work natively with some accessories for the first time as well.

Enabled by the new M1 processor that Apple unveiled at its "One More Thing" Mac event, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini are now compatible with a 6K display, including Apple's own Pro Display XDR, a high-end display that was usually reserved for Mac Pro owners.

Oddly enough, the Intel-based MacBook Air released this year was already capable of running a 6K display, so this is only a new feature for the 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini. This now creates an even wider line-up of Macs that support higher-end displays, as noted by MacRumors below.

6K display support is becoming widespread across the Mac lineup, with other capable models including the 2018 and newer 15-inch or 16-inch MacBook Pro, 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro with four Thunderbolt ports, 2019 or newer iMac models, and 2019 Mac Pro. Apple's Pro Display XDR is also compatible with any Mac model with Thunderbolt 3 ports that is capable of being paired with a Blackmagic eGPU.

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Apple announced the new M1 processor, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini at the company's "One More Thing" event earlier today. The new chip enables CPU performance up to three and a half times faster and GPU performance up to five times faster. It also brings previously unforeseen battery life to Mac laptops, ranging upwards of 20 hours.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.