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Apple Adds High-End 15" Retina MacBook Pro to List of Macs Supporting Dell's 5K Display

dell_up2715k_5kApple has updated a support document on its website to reflect that the high-end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, equipped with AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics, is capable of driving Dell's dual-cable UP2715K 27-inch 5K display. Apple initially released OS X 10.10.3 in April with support for the dual-cable 5K monitor on the Retina 5K iMac and 2013 Mac Pro, but no notebooks supported the display at the time.
Dual-Cable Displays

Some displays with resolutions higher than 4K require two DisplayPort cables to connect the display at full resolution. With OS X Yosemite v10.10.3 or later, the Dell UP2715K 27-inch 5K display is supported on the following Mac computers:

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
Dell's dual-cable 5K display requires more bandwidth than is currently supported over a current single DisplayPort cable, so it uses a dual-cable solution that takes up two Thunderbolt ports on a Mac. The availability of Intel's Skylake platform with DisplayPort 1.3 support later this year will enable Apple to update Macs with support for external 5K displays that function over a single cable, at which point the company could theoretically release a 5K Thunderbolt Display.

The support document also lists the high-end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro as capable of driving most single-stream 4K displays (4,096-by-2,160) at 60Hz on OS X 10.10.3, becoming the first notebook to support single-stream 4K displays alongside the Mac Pro (Late 2013) and iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014 and later).

Apple initially listed the high-end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with AMD Radeon graphics as capable of supporting an ultra-wide display with up to 5,120-by-2,160 resolution at 60Hz, but has since updated the notebook's technical specifications to reflect its ability to drive a single external display at up to 5,120-by-2,880 resolution at 60Hz.



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14 months ago
The race for "thinner" and "higher resolution" is killing Apple's computers IMO. The point will be here soon where I have this thin piece of crap that can drive a 5k display with, but can't do much else due to the crippling of hardware/software and the lack of any usefulness.

I've said this before, and I'll say it again. When I get a new iPhone, the first thing I did was put all Apple's apps in one folder and put them on page two. I then went and downloaded third party apps that were better and did what those Apple apps should have done.

Now, when I install Yosemite, I do the same thing. I don't use any Apple apps any longer, except really Aperture. Yosemite has to be the worse OS X version I've ever used. All I do all day it seems is force quit apps, and that's after a clean install.
Rating: 23 Votes
14 months ago
Not sure why anyone would buy a Dell UP2715K when for $300 more you can get a whole 5k iMac.
Rating: 16 Votes
14 months ago

Not sure why anyone would buy a Dell UP2715K when for $300 more you can get a whole 5k iMac.


In a few years, when the iMac is obsolete, the Dell 5K display will be able to migrate to a new computer. The iMac 5K display will not.
Rating: 16 Votes
14 months ago
Does anyone know if the Apple Watch can run this display?

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The race for "thinner" and "higher resolution" is killing Apple's computers IMO. The point will be here soon where I have this thin piece of crap that can drive a 5k display with, but can't do much else due to the crippling of hardware/software and the lack of any usefulness.

I've said this before, and I'll say it again. When I get a new iPhone, the first thing I did was put all Apple's apps in one folder and put them on page two. I then went and downloaded third party apps that were better and did what those Apple apps should have done.

Now, when I install Yosemite, I do the same thing. I don't use any Apple apps any longer, except really Aperture. Yosemite has to be the worse OS X version I've ever used. All I do all day it seems is force quit apps, and that's after a clean install.


I can hear the violins from here.
Rating: 14 Votes
14 months ago

Exactly. $300 more for a new Mac and a vastly superior display to the Dell. Dude, don't buy the Dell.


I am pretty sure the point of a laptop is to have a laptop.... you know. So you can take it places and put it on your lap.

*smacks forehead*
Rating: 12 Votes
14 months ago

Not sure why anyone would buy a Dell UP2715K when for $300 more you can get a whole 5k iMac.


Because all in ones are as smart as having a vcr or dvd player built into your tv set.

That notion fails everywhere except apple thanks to it's marketing.
Rating: 11 Votes
14 months ago

Glad I don't have this problem. I'm happy with my 15" retina 220PPI display.


Awww, the jealousy - how cute! :D
Relax! I kid, I kid...

Also 220PPI is sadly not state of the art anymore, there are numerous 15" laptops with 4K displays :-(
Rating: 9 Votes
14 months ago
This is great, I'm waiting for the 5K Thunderbolt Display !!!

The availability of Intel's Skylake platform with DisplayPort 1.3 support later this year will enable Apple to update Macs with support for external 5K displays that function over a single cable, at which point the company could theoretically release a 5K Thunderbolt Display.


This alone could make me want to wait for Skylake.
Rating: 7 Votes
14 months ago
I can confirm this works. Tested it out yesterday.
Rating: 6 Votes
14 months ago

Can anyone really tell the difference between a 4k and 5k monitor? I know that I surely can't with my aging eyes. When does the PPI race become futile? Seems to me we are already there. Maybe I'm wrong?


4K monitor -> counterpart to a 24' monitor with 1920 * 1080 pixels -> now 3840 * 2160 pixels

5K monitor -> counterpart to a 27' monitor with 2560 * 1440 pixels -> now 5120 * 2880 pixels

My eyes are also not quite so young, but a 5K monitor looks great.

But I'm waiting for a single cable solution, aka Display Port 1.3.
Rating: 4 Votes

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