On the occasion of CES 2022, a new standard is announced for the transmission of video streams: it is HDMI 2.1a, which brings its share of new features to equipped devices. In particular the SBTM (source-based tone mapping), in short a solution to improve the HDR rendering offered from certain computers or boxes similar to Apple TV.
Only downside, and size: the nomenclature commercial of this new format will be… “HDMI 2.0”, not “HDMI 2.1a”. Customers who think they are investing in more efficient equipment could therefore find themselves unable to benefit from it, if the sellers distribute data sheets with such terms. A problem that we also find with the HDMI 2.1 released a little earlier.
The situation can also be seen in the other direction: by looking for a monitor supporting 10K and SBTM, two characteristics of the HDMI 2.1asome consumers could then think themselves in a dead end when they are faced with adequate products.
The MacBook Pro which arrived on the market at the end of the year, for their part, they are displayed as compatible with the HDMI 2.0 standard, which can therefore potentially suggest that they are also compatible with the following versions. But this is unfortunately not the case: these notebooks with notch are unable to transfer 8K. They also do not embed eGPU, among other disadvantages.
So, what solution is available to you to be entitled to HDMI 2.1a with an article signed by Cupertino? To find out, you may have to look at the calendar 2022 from the Californian firm …
Accessories to the rescue
It is indeed rumored that Apple is developing in (almost) the greatest secret new external screens to connect to its computers – or to others of course. These would adopt a design similar to that of the Pro Display XDR that we already know. This is a monitor whose design is reminiscent of that of the Mac Pro, just like the price: beyond 5,000 euros each.
These future devices should, if the rumors from Asian production circuits are correct, offer diagonals measuring precisely twenty-seven and twenty-four inches.
The 2021/2022 MacBook Pro