Apple’s new generation of Apple M1 chips has definitely been a hot spot in the computing industry over the past weeks. Apple has been proving its performance claims to be correct and worries Intel.
One downside to the Mac mini and MacBook powered by the new Apple M1 chip is that they only support an external display, less than their Intel-powered predecessors. However, Apple’s paperwork claims are not enough.
In fact, the MacBook running the new M1 chip can still support twice as many connected screens, but you’ll have to buy some accessories and install software to connect.
As always, the number of monitors you can connect to these Macs is not straightforward and depends on the resolution of the connected monitors. For example, an Intel-powered Mac mini can combine three 4K displays or one 5K display and one 4K display. In contrast, the Mac mini running on the M1 chip can only connect one 6K monitor and one 4K display through two different ports.
However, Youtuber Ruslan Tulupov has found that Macs with M1 chips can support more screens than Apple advertising. Specifically, the Mac mini uses a M1 chip that can connect up to 6 screens while the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro equipped with a new M1 chip can connect 5 external displays (a total of 6, including the integrated screen). . Again, the total still depends on the screen resolution being used.
Fortunately, Tulupov has shared the secret of screen set-up for everyone, in which he specifically mentioned using the DisplayLink adapter to connect HDMI displays via the USB-C port of a Mac.
Of course these adapters also need to have Mac drivers installed and luckily, they work perfectly fine on macOS Big Sur. A DisplayPort hub will also be needed when you run out of ports connected to an external display.
DisplayLink Manager Graphics Connectivity software helps to manage screens connected to devices running Apple M1 chips
But perhaps even more impressive is that the Apple M1 chip seems to handle all the external hardware pretty well. The frame drop was almost minimal. This is quite impressive for a chip using an ARM core. Through the above interesting experiment by YouTuber Ruslan Tulupov, it has partly shown the growing reputation of the Apple M1.
Mac devices running the Apple M1 chip connect up to six external displays at the same time
Refer to Slashgear