M3 MacBook Air Supports Up to Two External Displays With Lid Closed

Apple's new MacBook Air models with M3 chip include support for up to two external displays with the laptop lid closed.

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The previous generation MacBook Air models with M2 chip, the 13-inch model of which Apple still sells, only officially offer support for one external display with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz.

By contrast, the new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air models support one external display with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz with the laptop lid open, and two external displays with up to 5K resolution at 60Hz with the lid closed.

Apple announced the two new MacBook Air models today. Pre-orders are now open on Apple's website, with the laptops set to launch on Friday, March 8. Apple today also discontinued the MacBook Air with M1 chip as well as the 15-inch MacBook Air with M2 chip.

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Top Rated Comments

mystery hill Avatar
19 weeks ago
The M3 MacBook Air now has better external display support than the M3 MacBook Pro.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nfl46 Avatar
19 weeks ago
Well, it’s become time. Good job, Apple!
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JonnyMacx86 Avatar
19 weeks ago
It's the Mac mini transformer hybrid we've wanted all this time!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hovscorpion12 Avatar
19 weeks ago
Let’s goo!! Now we’re Talking. Finally, after 3 generations, Apple FINNALY solved dual monitor support.

I am speculating that the iPad Pro M3 will have the same.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
brofkand Avatar
19 weeks ago
How did they figure out such complicated technology? Two external displays...wow!

Maybe next they'll figure out how to do a 1080P webcam without notching the display. But let's not get too crazy!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jakey rolling Avatar
19 weeks ago

Only with Apple do they get criticized for giving the user more flexibility.
Only with Apple do users have to deal with such a limitation on a premium-priced laptop in the first place.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)