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M1 Mac: How Many Displays Can You Connect?

by Elliot V. King

M1 Mac is a powerful and versatile computer that can be used for a variety of different purposes. One question many people have is whether they can connect multiple displays to the M1 Mac. The answer is yes, you can! Read this blog post to learn how to connect up to three displays with your M1 Mac.

Unfortunately, the M1 Mac is powered by a first gen processor. It’s not that the DTK (Developer Transition Kit) has a new chipset or anything near it; Apple wanted all of its first-generation devices to have basically the same hardware as each other so they were easier to develop apps for.

Reflecting on the “hiccups” and limitations to the M1 processor, there are some things you should be aware of before deciding on which Mac model to buy.

Connecting Multiple Monitors to your M1 Powered MacBook:

The M1 is equipped with a dedicated graphics chip, which prevents multiple external display connectivity as its purpose is only to power the MacBook’s display.

Apple’s M1 chip is limiting the number of displays that can be connected with the laptop at once, although some might not mind.

While it has been possible for some time for Apple users to connect multiple displays to an M1 Mac, future macOS Big Sur releases may have fixed this limitation.

In an attempt to sidestep restrictions, some users have found multiple ways of using M1 Macs with various configurations. One individual, Ruslan Tulupov, discovered a way for connecting up to six different displays at the same time on any model of the MacBook Air and Pro while Mini models can support up to six monitors simultaneously.

If you want to add an external monitor that will work in tandem with the computer, check out these USB-to- DisplayPort adapters and the software which is necessary for scaling. You might also consider buying a Thunderbolt Dock or turning your own laptop into one.

Connecting Multiple Monitors to your M1 Powered Mac Mini:

The Mac Mini is the only Apple device that doesn’t include a display. And because it doesn’t come with accessories like other devices in the lineup, you will need to provide your own keyboard, mouse, and at least one monitor among any additional monitors you want to use.

However, the M1 Mac Mini features a unique ability not found in other devices. With it you can connect up to two displays and use both screens at the same time.

A single display with up to 6K resolution at 60Hz and one display with up to 4K resolution at 60Hz can be connected via Thunderbolt and High Speed HDMI 2.0.

You can connect multiple displays to the Mac Mini if you have a Thunderbolt / USB 4 port, and an external hub is available.

Consider the CalDigit TS3 Plus which enables you to connect a single Thunderbolt cable into your Mac Mini while either supporting displaying on multiple monitors with the DisplayPort option or have an OWC Thunderbolt Dock.

It is possible to connect multiple displays to M1 Mac Mini. If you decide it’s a good idea, just make sure your monitors follow Apple’s guidelines.

What you need to know about M1 Powered Macs:

There is a lot of hype around the M1 right now, but this first product can be more than just a monitor when compared to what should come next.

There are rumors that Apple will release two new laptops this year. It’s suggested that there will be a 14-inch model in addition to the current 16-inch one.

Apple has introduced an ARM-powered processor with options for either 12 or 16 cores. It’s likely that the 14-inch model will get 12 cores, while the 16-inch variant will get the full 16. Interestingly, this new 14-inch MacBook Pro will have a mini LED display and be USB 3.1 Type C compatible,

More powerful solutions are on the way in wait for the MacBook Pro, but people want a portable workstation that exists now.

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