MacBook Air M3 supports more external displays than MacBook Pro M3

Tim Hardwick

If you often work with external displays, it's worth noting that Apple's just-announced M3 MacBook Air models support two external displays—one more than the 14-inch MacBook Pro with the same M3 chip.

Released last October, the M3-powered 14-inch MacBook Pro supports one external display at a time. up to 6K resolution at 60Hz.

In contrast, both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air with the M3 chip support one external display at up to 6K resolution at 60Hz, as well as two external displays at up to 5K resolution at 60Hz , when the laptop lid is closed, which is also known as clamshell mode.

Given that the machines use the same chips, it is possible that support for an additional external display in the MacBook Air is implemented at the software level. If so, there seems to be no reason why it couldn't be added to the M3 MacBook Pro in a future software update. However, this could also be a hardware change, and we won't know for sure until the new laptops are teardowned.

New M3-based MacBook Air models start at $1,099 and may be on sale. Pre-order on Apple's website. Availability begins Friday, March 8th. The 14-inch M3-powered MacBook Pro starts at $1,599.

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