16-Inch MacBook Pro Features Adjustable Refresh Rate Below 60Hz

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As outlined in an Apple support document, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro features an adjustable refresh rate.

For professional workflows such as video editing, for example, Apple notes that you can set the refresh rate of the display to match the frame rate of the video you are editing or viewing, with 47.95, 48, 50, 59.94, and 60 Hz options. This functionality is not available on previous MacBook Pro models.


Apple says to choose a refresh rate that divides evenly into the frame rate of your content. For example, if the video you are viewing is 24 frames per second, select the 48 Hz refresh rate.

The refresh rate can be adjusted under System Preferences > Displays. Press and hold the Option key and select the Scaled button and the refresh rate dropdown menu will appear. Apple recommends switching back to the default 60Hz refresh rate after viewing or editing the video content.

The max refresh rate remains 60Hz.

(Thanks, Chris Weaver!)

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bluraycinema

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This is the first time time i have seen a Mac os/pc support 23.976hz and 24hz.

Does the option support this for external displays too?
 

MiBook84

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I’m still confused to why Apple defaults usb-c macs to a resolution that is higher than the screens actual resolution is.

when rendered in higher than double it has to scale down to fit the monitor, which creates blurrier and not pixel perfect graphics. To get 1:1 pixel perfect photo and video on a new MacBook Pro (2016 and later) you have to set the scaling to one step below default. Otherwise you loose pixels and picture data.

how is that good?
 

IPPlanMan

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Hopefully next year we’ll see Macs with 120hz screens, FaceID and WiFi 6.
The omission of WiFi 6 is surprising given that it’s on the iPhone, but the 720P FaceTime Camera is an embarrassment.

It’s also worth noting that the iMac still uses Bluetooth 4.2 and the 720P FaceTime Camera. If you want Bluetooth 5.0 then you need to get the iMac Pro, but as a bonus you get a 1080P FaceTime Camera.
 

cocoua

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Hopefully next year we’ll see Macs with 120hz screens, FaceID and WiFi 6.
ead my mind!
The omission of WiFi 6 is surprising given that it’s on the iPhone, but the 720P FaceTime Camera is an embarrassment.

It’s also worth noting that the iMac still uses Bluetooth 4.2 and the 720P FaceTime Camera. If you want Bluetooth 5.0 then you need to get the iMac Pro, but as a bonus you get a 1080P FaceTime Camera.
Do you think this have to do with the thin screen? (See the horrible bump in the iPhone)
 

AnonMac50

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The omission of WiFi 6 is surprising given that it’s on the iPhone, but the 720P FaceTime Camera is an embarrassment.

It’s also worth noting that the iMac still uses Bluetooth 4.2 and the 720P FaceTime Camera. If you want Bluetooth 5.0 then you need to get the iMac Pro, but as a bonus you get a 1080P FaceTime Camera.
The iMac Pro doesn’t feature Bluetooth 5 either. It still only has 4.2
 

cocoua

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I’m still confused to why Apple defaults usb-c macs to a resolution that is higher than the screens actual resolution is.

when rendered in higher than double it has to scale down to fit the monitor, which creates blurrier and not pixel perfect graphics. To get 1:1 pixel perfect photo and video on a new MacBook Pro (2016 and later) you have to set the scaling to one step below default. Otherwise you loose pixels and picture data.

how is that good?
Agree but at that small size is hard to see that pixel loss, more evident in pixel art at x-2 size
A bit surprising that Macs at this price point hasn't got 120 Hz displays yet.
One feature at a time please!! This is Apple
 

827538

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What I wouldn’t give for this MBP to have a 120Hz VRR display.

We know Apple can do it and by having VRR you can save battery by dynamically dropping the refresh rate to say 1Hz when nothing is happening and instantly jumping up to 60Hz or 120Hz.
As someone who is used to a 165Hz display there really is no going back. Although I’ll admit, beyond 100/120Hz I can’t tell the difference, but from 60Hz to 120Hz the difference is huge.
 

IPPlanMan

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The iMac Pro doesn’t feature Bluetooth 5 either. It still only has 4.2
From the iMac Pro Tech Specs Page:
Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology
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ead my mind!

Do you think this have to do with the thin screen? (See the horrible bump in the iPhone)
Hard to say. Apple deliberately drags on certain specs. It makes no sense.
 
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konqerror

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This is the first time time i have seen a Mac os/pc support 23.976hz and 24hz.

Does the option support this for external displays too?
I had a Thinkpad with an awful TN display from 15 years ago that supported 48 Hz. My mediocre Dell corporate laptop does too. It’s a power saving feature.
 
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audiophilosophy

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For video work where stuff is shot at 24FPS quite often and the digital pulldown makes it look 'off'
Thanks for the explanation, and it makes sense for people who do video work/editing, however for the rest of us, there ought to be a settings toggle to let the system determine the appropriate frame rate.
 

Eorlas

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Hopefully next year we’ll see Macs with 120hz screens, FaceID and WiFi 6.
I have to admit, being excited for the 16" and then not seeing all of the above was a letdown, especially the latter 2.

Still would love 120 or 144hz display, but I'm confused as to why neither of the other 2 made it in, especially given that faceID has been a thing since iPhone X.
 

ThatGuyInLa

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I want tech that controls the individual pixel timings. so the overall screen could be 120hz but the video preview window is 23.97. or even having mixed rates playing at true speed no matter their rate.
 
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bmustaf

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With the neglect Apple continues to show for the MBP (and Mac in general), I am not holding my breath. Would be nice but more like 2021 at best. This should have had 10th CPUs in it (thus no WiFi 6 likely, as it’s in the chipset for the 10th CPUs and Broadcom isn’t making anything in volume for the m2 form).

Not trying to troll or hate, but let’s be realistic about the update cycle and treatment here...

Hopefully next year we’ll see Macs with 120hz screens, FaceID and WiFi 6.
 

NT1440

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Thanks for the explanation, and it makes sense for people who do video work/editing, however for the rest of us, there ought to be a settings toggle to let the system determine the appropriate frame rate.
One would think your average consumer doesn’t know what a frame rate does or even is beyond the “soap opera” look that happens on TVs.