Apple has launched a new version of its USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, providing it the ability to support HDMI 2.0. While this is simply an update to one of Apple’s accessories, adapters like this get important when it’s supposed to be used with a device that only has a handful of USB-C ports. This one, for instance, allows users to connect a Mac or an iPad with a TV or a display via HDMI.
As Apple has described in a new support page, the update means the dongle can now be used to play 4K videos at 60 Hz, so long as users have the necessary hardware.
In addition to using a display, TV or projector that can support that spec, users will also require to be playing videos from a 15-inch MacBook Pro introduced in 2017 or later, a Retina iMac introduced in 2017 or later, an iMac Pro or an iPad Pro. Further, the devices must be running macOS Mojave 10.14.6 or later or iOS 12.4 or later. The upgraded accessory also adds support for HDR10 and Dolby Vision, two competing HDR formats becoming more cliché these days.
Apple has already ceased the adapter’s older version, which only supports HDMI 1.4b, so you are receiving the updated model when you purchase from its online store. If you’re buying elsewhere or want to be sure, though, the new version is Model A2119, while the older one is Model A1621.
In conjunction with the new model, Apple has discontinued the original USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, which it first released several years ago. The new USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter is available to purchase from Apple’s online store now, with the earliest shipments arrive by Monday, August 12th. It retails for $69. More affordable options are available on Amazon.