I have a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013). It has 8GB Ram and Intel Iris 1536 MB .

I want to buy a good external monitor, but I can't find a straight answer as to what this model supports with either Thunderbolt or HDMI.

What is the maximum supported resolution of this model for an external monitor at 60hz ?

(Please note that I don't care about any answers for the 15-inch model or 2015 versions. I only care specifically for the Late 2013 13 inch)

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According to Apple's MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013) - Technical Specifications...

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So it looks like 1080p is the 60Hz limit.

  • 1080p would be a resolution of 1920 x 1080, which would match my existing external monitor, so great to know.
    – user77590
    Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 23:55
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    That last line should add the qualifier "on HDMI". I believe DisplayPort through the Thunderbolt port will give better support for higher-than-HD resolutions. Commented Jan 5, 2016 at 20:09
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    @BasilBourque, Since it's directly under HDMI video output, in bold no less, and it is external which it was the OP was asking about, I don't feel it needs additional qualification. Commented Jan 5, 2016 at 20:32

I know I am late to this question, but I own the "MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013)" with "Intel Iris 1536 MB". I am currently using the macbook with the "Samsung SMS27A850" according to the system preferences it is currently running at 2560 x 1440 @ 60 Hz using the DisplayPort/Thunderbolt connection (not HDMI).

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    @Tetsujin thanks negative troll. except that my answer contradicts the accepted answer, because it only specifies HDMI.
    – vossman77
    Commented Mar 12, 2018 at 0:53
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    @vossman77 - thanks for adding this answer, it was a help to me.
    – Kong
    Commented Apr 6, 2018 at 9:40

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