Use the LG UltraFine 5K Display with your Mac or iPad Pro

Learn about the LG UltraFine 5K Display and how to use it with your Mac or iPad Pro.

About the LG UltraFine 5K Display

The new LG UltraFine 5K Display features a 5120 x 2880 resolution, a P3 wide color gamut, 500 nits of brightness and built-in stereo speakers, camera, and microphone. Integration with macOS lets you control your display's volume and brightness without the need for physical buttons on the display.

You can use the included Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) the thunderbolt 3 logo cable to connect your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, or use the included USB-C cable to connect your MacBook or iPad Pro. The display has one Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port which delivers up to 94W of charging power to the host device and three USB-C ports that function as downstream USB-C ports (5Gbps) and offer additional connectivity and power to compatible devices and accessories. 

System requirements and compatible Mac models

The new LG UltraFine 5K Display (Model 27MD5KL-B) requires a Mac with a USB-C port or Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port running macOS Mojave 10.14.6 or later, or an iPad Pro with a USB-C port running iOS 12.4 or later. If your Mac has Thunderbolt 2 ports, you can use a Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter to connect to the display.

5120 x 2880 at 60Hz

You can use the LG UltraFine 5K Display with these Mac models at full 5K resolution:

iMac Pro supports two LG UltraFine 5K displays configured as dual-link SST 5120x2880 10bpc at 60Hz. Learn more about how to connect multiple displays to your iMac Pro.

Mac Pro supports up to six LG UltraFine 5K displays depending on the graphics cards installed. Learn more about connecting multiple displays to your Mac Pro (2019).

Mac mini, MacBook Air, and iMac support one LG UltraFine 5K Display.

The 15-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models support two LG UltraFine 5K Displays at full resolution, or four LG UltraFine 5K Displays at 4096x2304 resolution. To use two LG UltraFine 5K Displays at full resolution, you need to plug one display into a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port on the left side of your MacBook Pro, and the other display into a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port on the right side:

3840 x 2160 at 60Hz

You can use the LG UltraFine 5K Display at a resolution of 3840 x 2160 at 60Hz on these devices:

3840 x 1800 at 60Hz

You can use the LG UltraFine 5K Display at a resolution of 3840 x 1800 at 60Hz with this Mac model:

  • Mac mini introduced in 2014, preferably using macOS 10.12.4 or later

Learn how to adjust your display's resolution.

If you have issues connecting the display

  • The LG UltraFine 5K Display doesn't support daisy-chaining of displays. The three USB-C ports on the display provide additional connectivity to USB 3 devices only.
  • Get help with video issues if you still don't see an image when using the correct cable.
  • If the LG UltraFine 5K Display doesn't power on or you don't see an image after following the steps in the article above, contact LG to get service for your display.

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