OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 beta sheds light on Apple’s plans for 4K video on the Mac

“4K video is coming, in fits and starts, not just to the general consumer marketplace but also to Apple products,” Peter Cohen reports for iMore. “Apple’s actual support of 4K video has been a bit patchwork, but its new beta release of OS X Mavericks 10.9.3, published last week, is starting to provide some clarity to Apple’s 4K strategy. What’s more, it may be a clue as to what Apple has up its sleeve for new hardware releases.”

“The flat panel TVs most of us upgraded to sometime in the past few years have effective resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels (that’s where the 1080i and 1080p designations on those sets comes from). But TV makers are pushing forward with a new standard for home television called 4K UHD, which increases resolution to 3840 x 2160,” Cohen reports. “Apple’s been making a fairly big deal out of 4K video since 2013, when they first unveiled the Mac Pro to attendees of Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). The Mac Pro began shipping in December, but it actually wasn’t the first Mac with native 4K output capabilities. The Retina MacBook Pro, which was refreshed in October, could also handle 4K video through its HDMI port.”

Cohen reports, “With the new 10.9.3 beta out last week, many of the issues surrounding native 4K monitor support on the Mac seem to have been ironed out.”

Much more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


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