The LG UltraFine 5k can work at 4k resolution on older Macs

A few hours ago I informed you that the new Apple-LG monitor with 5k resolution is finally available for your comparison, a monitor that has been requested but that has finally arrived in December as announced by the company in his presentation. Quickly this device is out of stock and the expected delivery date has been increased to within 2 to 4 weeks. The guys from Cupertino have updated the support information for this new monitor stating that it can be used on older Macs reaching a maximum resolution of 4k. 

Keep in mind that Older Macs don't support Thunderbolt 3, which has reached the MacBook Pro with Touc Bar for the first time, hence the maximum resolution they reach is 4k. Below we show you the list of Macs compatible with the LG UltraFine 5k along with the maximum resolution that it can reach:

Maximum resolution: 5120 x 2880 @ 60Hz

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports)

With the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter and adapter cable, the LG UltraFine 5K monitor with 4k resolution can be used on the following Macs:

Maximum resolution: 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz

  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014) and later
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2014) and later
  • iMac (Retina, 27-inch, Late 2014) and later
  • iMac (Retina, 21.5-inch, Late 2015)
  • iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2015)
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015)
  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2015)

Maximum resolution: 3200 x 1800 @ 60Hz

  • Mac mini (Late 2014)

Apple does not recommend using the LG UltraFine 5k as a primary monitorl as it will not start until the Mac Pro or Mac Mini has fully loaded the operating system when it starts up, which can be counterproductive if we have a problem with the Mac.


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  1.   Carlos said

    Don't tell me that the new Macbook 2015 and 2016 can't even connect

  2.   JESUS ​​ROS SAURA said

    I have a LG ultrafine 5k connected to the mac pro 2013 with a thunderbolt 3 cable and a thunderbolt 2 adapter. How can I connect a second LG ultrafine 5k monitor? if i buy another thunderbolt 3 cable and thunderbolt 2 adapter will both monitors be seen? and what will be the main? the one that connects in the number higher than the previous one.