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HDMI Versions And Cables

Article ID = 170
Article Title = HDMI Versions And Cables
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 10th August 2016
Article Last Updated = 10th August 2016
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?170

Article Brief Description:
A guide to the different HDMI versions and cables
Q. What versions of the HDMI specification are there?
A. HDMI has gone through several different iterations:
  • 1.0 - Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD video and audio at full 1080p HD resolution
  • 1.1 - DVD-Audio
  • 1.2 - Super Audio CD (DSD)
  • 1.3 - Deep color + Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD Master Audio bitstreams
  • 1.4 - 3D over HDMI + Ethernet channel + 1920×1080 resolution at 120Hz + 4K resolution at 30 Hz
  • 2.0 - 4K resolution at 60 Hz + 32 channel audio + 2 video streams (Dual View) + 21:9 aspect ratio
  • 2.1 - HDR dynamic metadata
Q. Which Macs can use HDMI?
A. The following Macs:
  • Mac mini (Mid 2010) and later models
  • MacBook Pro with Retina display (Mid 2012) and later models
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)
Q. Which version of the HDMI spec do Macs with HDMI support?
A. Mac computers released after Mid 2010 are designed to work with HDMI devices complying with versions 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.2a, 1.3, 1.3a, and 1.4 of the HDMI specification.
Q. Are there different types/quality of cables?
A. There are five kinds of HDMI cable, and all are compatible with any version of the HDMI spec (although some are not compatible with every available feature.):
  • Standard (aka "Category 1") - the original HDMI. Certified up to 74.5MHz. Will go up to 1080i and 720p resolutions. High bandwidth features (higher resolutions, deep color, etc.) are not officially supported and may not work reliably.
  • Standard with Ethernet - Introduced in HDMI 1.4. Uses two additional pins (one formerly unused) as a part of the spec for carrying Ethernet data along with audio and video content. If your devices don't support Ethernet-over-HDMI, it is equivalent to a Standard cable.
  • High Speed (aka "Category 2"). This was introduced as a part of the HDMI 1.3 spec. It certified up to 340MHz and will support all HDMI features (except for Ethernet).
  • High Speed with Ethernet - Introduced in HDMI 1.4. Adds Ethernet capability to a High Speed HDMI cable. If your devices don't support Ethernet-over-HDMI, it is equivalent to a High Speed cable.
  • Automotive. Introduced in HDMI 1.4. Standard HDMI with special connectors to guard against vibration and to keep out dirt and moisture. You will probably only find this used with A/V devices installed in cars.
Data source = David Charlap via MacInTouch.
Check the HDMI organisation page for official USB certification logos.
Q. What official Apple HDMI adapters/cables are available?
A. The following are available from Apple:
  • Apple HDMI-to-HDMI Cable 1.8m (part code = MC838ZM/B) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Apple HDMI to DVI Adapter (part code = MJVU2ZM/A) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter with HDMI output (part code = MJ1L2ZM/A) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Lightning Digital AV Adapter with HDMI output (part code = MD826ZM/A) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Apple 30-pin Digital AV Adapter with HDMI output (part code = MD098ZM/A) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA

Article Keywords: HDMI MacBook Pro Mac mini Macmini Mac Pro

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