Apple Studio Display Will Work With iPad Air 5 And iPad Mini 6 But With A Catch
Apple announced the new Studio Display during its March 8 event and while the company confirmed that the display will work with a whole range of Macs and iPads, two were notably absent — the 4th-Gen iPad Air and iPad mini 6.
Now, according to a new report, Apple has confirmed that the display will work with those devices. But not fully.
According to a MacRumors report, Apple has confirmed that both the 4th-Gen iPad Air and iPad Mini 6 will function with the Studio Display attached and people can expect to see an image — but that it will not be the full 5K resolution. Instead, people will get a 1440p image instead.
Apple has now confirmed to MacRumors that these two devices output to the 5K-capable display in a downscaled 1440p resolution. Suffice to say, other older, non-supported iPads with USB-C aren’t capable of driving the Studio Display at 5K either.
The reason is simple in that the 4th-Gen iPad Air and iPad mini 6 don’t support Thunderbolt which means that while they do have a USB-C connector, they don’t have the required bandwidth available to handle a full 5K image.
Apple’s new Studio Display is a 5K monitor at 27 inches, with prices starting at $1499. The display will begin shipping next week and pre-orders are already open.