How I got UHD (~4k) working on a MAC Mini

Started Mar 2, 2014 | Discussions thread
Tom_N Forum Pro • Posts: 21,269
Re: How I got UHD (~4k) working on a MAC Mini

bronxbombers4 wrote:

Dell UP2414Q UHD monitor

OK, wow, actually got my MAC Mini to be able to support 3840x2160 or 1920x1080p HiDPI modes. It took a lot of searching and some hacking and some serious scares along the way though! And most google searches only lead you to partial solutions or talk that it's impossible. But 2 hours later it works.

I have no clue what Apple fans go on about how MS has no clue compared to Apple when getting UHD running on a regular MAC is so tricky and not directly supported in the OS.

The Mac Mini is not advertised as supporting UHD resolution on its HDMI port.  All that you can count on is 1920x1200 pixels or 1080p.

The Retina MacBook Pros and iOS devices (iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads) that have Retina screens ARE advertised as supporting high resolution on their internal screens.  People who have used those Macs and iOS devices know that Apple handles backwards compatibility very well.

The latest Retina MacBook Pros and Mac Pros support HDMI connections to UltraHD TVs; the Mac Pro also has the option of driving multiple 4K displays via its Thunderbolt 2 ports.  I do not know if Mac OS X has an option to treat physically small external UHD/4K screens as Retina screens.

But in any case, Apple never advertised that your Mini supported Retina displays, UHD/4K displays, or a combination.  So the difficulty of hacking your Mini has little to do with how well the features work on the models that support them.

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