Apple updates USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter with HDMI 2.0 support

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in General Discussion edited September 2020
Apple this week started sales of an updated version of its USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, delivering HDMI 2.0 support for 60Hz refresh rates at high resolutions, HDR output and more.

AV Multiport Adapter


The new part, model A2119, replaces the outgoing model A1621 and is on sale now through Apple's online storefront.

A must-have for some users, especially MacBook owners with multi-screen setups, the adapter enables HDMI output from a USB-C-enabled Mac or iPad Pro. In addition to HDMI, the accessory features a USB-A port and USB-C port, the latter of which is limited to transferring power from a wall charger or battery pack.

A Support Pages document published Friday details the differences between the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter generations, which share an identical design.

With HDMI 2.0 capabilities, the new adapter can handle a refresh rate of 60Hz at resolutions of 3,840-by-2,160 pixels when connected to a 2017 or later 15-inch MacBook Pro, 2017 or later iMac, iMac Pro or iPad Pro. Like the deprecated A1621, resolutions and refresh rates of 1080p at 60Hz and 3,840-by-2,160 pixels at 30Hz are also supported on compatible hardware.

In addition to higher throughput, the updated USB-C dongle is compatible with HDR formats HDR10 and Dolby Vision when connected to a compatible playback device and display.

USB-A and USB-C ports operate in line with the outgoing variant, with the former port providing USB 3 data transfer speeds up to 5Gbps, Apple says.

The updated USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter retains a $69 price tag and orders placed today are due to arrive by Aug. 12 or 13, depending on delivery speed. Brick-and-mortar Apple Stores will receive stock on Aug. 13.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 10
    9secondkox29secondkox2 Posts: 1,479member
    Sure it’s not the late 2016 mbp? That’s when the redesign occurred, no? 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 10
    djkfisherdjkfisher Posts: 129member
    Sure it’s not the late 2016 mbp? That’s when the redesign occurred, no? 
    I think you are right, it works on my 2016 MBP
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 10
    Hmm, why not HDMI 2.1 or 2.2 when they first upgrade?
  • Reply 4 of 10
    It would be nice if these things from Apple came in the colors of the the products they're being snuck into.... 

    (Yes, I know there are 3rd party products).
  • Reply 5 of 10
    netroxnetrox Posts: 1,266member
    Why no 4K @ 60Hz on new 13" MacBook Pros? Makes no sense why it cannot be done since it uses thunderbolt 3 as well. 



    edited August 2019 joostholslagwatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 10
    coolfactorcoolfactor Posts: 1,939member
    Hmm, why not HDMI 2.1 or 2.2 when they first upgrade?

    Could it mean it now supports the "HDMI 2.x" family, including 2.1 and 2.2? Not sure how HDMI version numbers work and what is backwards compatible between versions.
    caladanianjoostholslagwatto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 10
    MplsPMplsP Posts: 3,702member
    IIRC, the previous version got something like a 2 star rating on the Apple store. I wonder if part of the problems people were having was because it was hdmi 1
    caladanianwatto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 10
    emig647emig647 Posts: 2,448member
    Hmm, why not HDMI 2.1 or 2.2 when they first upgrade?

    Could it mean it now supports the "HDMI 2.x" family, including 2.1 and 2.2? Not sure how HDMI version numbers work and what is backwards compatible between versions.
    HDMI 2.1 is a whole new system that requires new hardware. 2.1 nearly tripled the bandwidth from 18Gbps -> 48Gbps. It allows up to 10k resolution @ 120fps. Highly unlikely this version was updated for that kind of bandwidth. :(

    Still a welcoming change as I haven’t seen a version that supports 60fps yet. 
    caladanianwatto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 10
    Does this support 8 audio channels out over HDMI?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 10
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 6,553administrator
    netrox said:
    Why no 4K @ 60Hz on new 13" MacBook Pros? Makes no sense why it cannot be done since it uses thunderbolt 3 as well. 



    Not sure -- the model itself will support 3840x2160 at 60Hz with a direct USB-C connection. 
    watto_cobra
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