How many monitors can the new retina MacBook Pro handle and at which pixels resolutions?

e. g. Does it support three cinema displays?

  • for your info, my mac mini is supposed to be able to have 2 thunderbolt displays, but it works once every month. so what it is supposed to do and what it really does.... cf the faulty dual-DVI adapter that apple still sells. it is totally bugged. everyone knows about it. they still sell it like nothing happens...
    – nicolas
    Commented Jul 28, 2012 at 16:50

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The Other World Computing Blog shows that the new MacBook Pro 15" with Retina Display Can Run 3 External Displays:

MacBook Pro 15 with Retina Display Can Run 3 External Displays

image source: http://blog.macsales.com/

These resolutions were used:

  • Retina on laptop @ “best for Retina”
  • iMac used as a display @ 2560 x 1440 via Thunderbolt
  • iMac used as a display @ 2560 x 1440 via Thunderbolt/DisplayPort
  • LG monitor @ 1920 x 1200 via HDMI

Quote from the MacRumors news article on that:

This makes the Retina MacBook Pro the first Mac -- other than a tower-based workstation like the Mac Pro -- to natively power four displays simultaneously.


No, the Macbook Pro Retina can support:

Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on up to two external displays, at millions of colors

(emphasis mine)

Source: http://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/specs/

update: It has been dully noted that using the included HDMI connector one can run a third display using a max resolution of 1920 x 1200. It is important, however, to note that one cannot daisy chain more than two thunderbolt displays (at least according to Apple so far).


It would appear that when using 60Hz 4K and display port MST on my late 2013 MBP, the "MST" feature actually consumes both displayport connectors into a single cable.

So when I enable MST, the second displayport connector goes dead. I have not tried the HDMI connector yet.

  • I have now verified with HDMI too; at 60Hz 4K only one single display can be connected to my late 2013 15" MBP. The internal retina screen works while the 4K screen is connected. So make your 4K screen large enough :)
    – krosenvold
    Commented Sep 17, 2014 at 9:55

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