The 16-inch MacBook Pro is Apple’s first notebook to feature an adjustable refresh rate. This is especially handy for video editing workflows. For the first time, you can match your MacBook Pro’s display to the frame rate of the video you’re viewing or editing. Follow the steps in our tutorial to learn how to quickly change your MacBook Pro refresh rate for the built-in Retina display.
Before we get to it, a quick reminder: “refresh rate” denotes the number of times a display is redrawn each second, expressed in Hertz. Most notebook displays refresh sixty times per second, or 60 Hertz. The Retina display on the 16-inch MacBook Pro allows you to switch between several refresh rates.
Apple advises selecting a refresh rate that divides evenly into the frame rate of content at hand. For example, if the content you’re viewing is displayed at 24 frames per second, choosing the 48-Hertz refresh rate ensures the display refreshes twice per each frame of your content.
Follow along with our step-by-step tutorial embedded right ahead to learn how you can quickly adjust the refresh rate for the built-in Retina display of your 16-inch MacBook Pro.
How to change the MacBook Pro refresh rate
Do this to adjust the display refresh rate on your 16-inch MacBook Pro:
1) Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu.
2) Click the Displays icon in the System Preferences window.
3) Press and hold the Option key and select the Scaled button.
4) Doing so forces the Refresh Rate pop-up menu to appear. Click it and choose a refresh rate.
You can set one of the following refresh rates for the built-in Retina display:
- 60 Hertz
- 59.94 Hertz
- 50 Hertz
- 48 Hertz
- 47.95 Hertz
Keep in mind that even though a higher refresh rate results in a smoother picture and animations, it does so at the expense of resource utilization and your notebook’s battery life.
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