Can the ProMotion be added to the new Macbook Pros by as firmware update?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Investor27, Jun 13, 2017.

  1. Investor27 macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2012
    Can the ProMotion be added to the new Macbook Pros by a firmware update? Or is it a dedicated chip/controller, so in which case it will be in the 2018 Macbook Pros at the earliest?
  2. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    No, it requires special display hardware. But there are some rumours that the new MBPs already support some elements of ProMotion, such as variable rate.
  3. Investor27 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2012
    I hope that's true. I'm hesitant to buy the 2017 13" nTB right now if it can't do ProMotion, which I love on my 10.5" iPad Pro. I would hate to buy it now, only to have the ProMotion come out on the Macbook Pro 2018 model. Can anyone else confirm that the 2017 Macbook Pro already has some form of ProMotion hardware?
  4. vipergts2207 macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2009
    Columbus, OH
    It's highly unlikely that the MBP's have 120 Hz displays and Apple didn't mention it.
  5. Ries macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2007
    Isn't "promotion" just variable refresh upto 120Hz refresh instead of variable refresh upto 60Hz of the old iPad/Macbook Pro 16/17? Basicly just controlled Freesync/G-Sync.
  6. ThisBougieLife macrumors 68000


    Jan 21, 2016
    SF Bay Area, California
    Do you guys think it'll ever be implemented in the MacBook? I went and saw the 10.5" iPad at the Apple Store today and thought ProMotion was an awesome feature.

    I'm hoping that this is a sign of things to come.

    But then again, I thought that True Tone would come to the Mac, but it hasn't yet.
  7. dingclancy23 macrumors regular


    Nov 15, 2015
    Could the reason be that A10X is optimized for Pro-motion whereas Intel Chips aren't?
  8. shansoft macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2011
    Not that simple. The display itself also needs to have 120Hz refresh rate support, which extremely unlikely that any MBP have that capability. Not saying that it can't do it, but it will be essentially overclocking your display.

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