Dec 8 2011
Rumor has it that, future MacBook Air could support three displays at once using a single Thunderbolt connection.
A leaked roadmap of Intel’s plans for its Ivy Bridge processors in 2012 suggests this could well be a possibility. And with Apple’s next-gen laptops scheduled to boast Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors, it’s likely that future MacBook Airs and Pros will be able to support two external displays in addition to the MacBook’s built-in screen.
According to MacRumors, Intel’s roadmap reveals that the Ivy Bridge processor will be able to handle three displays simultaneously.
While we’re talking about graphics, as with the desktop Ivy Bridge processors, the mobile processors also support up to three independent displays, although one of these will be the built in display in the notebook, but hopefully we’ll see notebooks with a DisplayPort connector as standard come next year.
For now, the Sandy Bridge processor will allow the MacBook Air to power one external display with a Thunderbolt connection. Although, a 13-inch MacBook Prois capable of handling two external displays, only when the built-in screen is turned off. Ivy Bridge is scheduled to introduce the ability to use three screens at once across Apple’s entire MacBook line.