Thanks to their HDMI 2.1 portthem Macbook Pro 14/16 inches and the mac mini (M2 Pro) brand new are the first Macs to support 8K monitors via their HDMI output. The market for televisions offering this definition is still quite modest, and even more so for computer screens, but in the end, it will one day end up arriving at everyone’s house, so you might as well get used to the idea.
On the occasion of the launch of these new Macs, Apple publishes a help sheet to help the (possibly quite rare) users equipped with these screens. There is also information on support for 4K monitors at 240 Hz as well as VRR (Variable Refresh Rate, which automatically adapts the refresh rate in games in particular). Again, these are functions now available on Mac thanks to HDMI 2.1.
MacBook Pro 2023: HDMI 2.1 port opens the way to 8K displays
To connect one of these Macs to an 8K monitor, Apple recommends using this Belkin Ultra High Speed Cable, sold €39.95. It is two meters long and supports a resolution that can reach 7680 x 4320 with a bandwidth of 48 Gbit/s.
The manufacturer also asks to plug the HDMI cable directly into the HDMI port of the monitor. For best results, don’t use an adapter with an HDMI cable, Apple also suggests. Once everything is plugged in, the panel settings Screens System Settings will allow you to choose the desired definition and display frequency.