LG’s New UltraFine 5K Display Limited To 4K Resolution When Used With 2018 IPad Pro
LGs New UltraFine 5K Display Limited to 4K Resolution When Used With 2018 iPad Pro
LG recently released a new version of its UltraFine 5K Display with USB-C connectivity, allowing it to be used with 2018 iPad Pro models. However, Apple has confirmed that the iPad Pro cannot take advantage of the full 5K resolution when connected to the display.
In a new support document, Apple says the UltraFine 5K is limited to a 4K resolution of 3,8402,160 at 60Hz when connected to 2018 iPad Pro models via USB-C. The full 5K resolution requires a 2016 or newer MacBook Pro, a 2018 or newer MacBook Air, a 2017 or newer iMac or iMac Pro, or a 2018 Mac mini.
LG’s New UltraFine 5K Display Limited to 4K Resolution When Used With 2018 iPad Pro
The UltraFine 5K Display is a high-end monitor that features a 27-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 5120 by 2880 pixels, P3 wide color gamut, built-in speakers, a built-in camera, and a single Thunderbolt port that is capable of charging a MacBook. It also has three USB-C ports for connecting other devices. The display is available to order for $1,299.95 on Apple.com.
The UltraFine 5K Display was developed in collaboration with Apple and is designed to work seamlessly with Macs and iPads. It is ideal for creative professionals who need a high-resolution and color-accurate display for their work. However, some users may be disappointed by the fact that the iPad Pro cannot output the full 5K resolution to the display.
According to some experts, the reason for this limitation is that standard USB-C cannot carry a 5K signal at 60Hz, as it is not in the spec. To achieve the full 5K resolution, the display uses Thunderbolt 3, which has more bandwidth and supports DisplayPort 1.4. However, the iPad Pro only supports DisplayPort 1.2 over USB-C, which can only handle up to 4K at 60Hz.
Therefore, users who want to use the UltraFine 5K Display with their iPad Pro will have to settle for a lower resolution than the display's native one. This may result in some scaling issues or reduced image quality. Alternatively, users can opt for other monitors that support USB-C and have lower resolutions, such as LG's UltraFine 4K Display, which costs $699 and has a resolution of 3840 by 2160 pixels.
The UltraFine 5K Display is still a great option for Mac users who want a premium monitor that matches their devices and offers stunning visuals. However, iPad Pro users who want to use an external display may want to look for other options that are more compatible with their tablets.
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