4K video is still in its infancy, but Mac users are clamoring for high-resolution external displays. Many Macs have the ability to drive a 4K display, but it's not easy to get it to work with older hardware. Here's how I connected a 4K Dell P2715Q display to may 2012 Retina MacBook Pro, one of the first 4K-capable Macs. TL;DR: Yes, the Original rMBP Does 4K over … [Read more...] about How To Connect a 4K Monitor to a 2012 Retina MacBook Pro
Long-time readers of my blog may remember my adventures with my 2009 27" iMac - adding eSATA, displaying all of Hamlet, and turning it into a monitor. That last bit has become increasingly handy lately, as I've repurposed that now-old iMac as a monitor and server. Here are some tips, tricks, and lessons if you'd like to do the same! Using an iMac As a Monitor I've known … [Read more...] about Repurposing an Older iMac As a Monitor and Server
Apple and Intel introduced the impressive new Thunderbolt interconnect last month on the MacBook Pro line, but folks like me who bought one have nothing to connect to yet. It was exciting to see the wide variety of Thunderbolt peripherals on display at the NAB show in Las Vegas last week, but none of these will ship to end-users before the middle of the summer. But evidence is … [Read more...] about Will The First Thunderbolt Peripheral Be The iMac?
Today is the big "coming out" day for Thunderbolt (nee Light Peak), courtesy of Intel and Apple's new lineup of MacBook Pros (one of which is sitting on my desk). Next week (March 2, to be exact) is the introduction of another "Magical and Revolutionary" Apple product, the iPad 2. Inevitably, pundits are putting 2 and 2 together and deducing that the future iPad will include … [Read more...] about Why the iPad 2 Won’t Include Thunderbolt
Apple unveiled their new line of MacBook Pro laptops today, complete with "Thunderbolt", the trade name for a production packaging of Light Peak and Mini DisplayPort. After much speculation (including quite a bit by yours truly), we finally have some concrete information about Light Peak, and perhaps a peek (if you forgive the pun) into the next generation of I/O … [Read more...] about Thunderbolt = Light Peak = Mini DisplayPort + PCI Express