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Apple hints at branded miniDP to HDMI adapter [U]

updated 01:45 pm EDT, Tue April 13, 2010

All MacBooks may get HDMI connector soon

(Updated with Apple stance) Apple in its launch of the new MacBook Pro today put out hints that it will more officially support HDMI soon. The video options in its specs list show the option of HDMI output using an official "Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter" despite Apple having made no mention of such an adapter itself. A search of the online Apple store doesn't show any adapters of the kind, whether made by Apple or anyone else.

Third-party adapters have existed before, including those from Kanex, StarTech and TeleAdapt, but these have never had official recognition from Apple. The DisplayPort spec is technically compatible with HDMI but doesn't supply HDMI's usual audio without a secondary connection.

Any plans for an adapter may indirectly support rumors of a Mac mini with HDMI as it would show Apple taking a more active interest in TV output. Users to date have often run the Mac mini and MacBooks through their TVs as unofficial home theater PCs but have often had imperfect resolution support. HDMI is now a fairly common output option on Windows notebooks with sufficiently fast graphics hardware.

Update: Apple has said it doesn't currently have plans to make its own miniDP-to-HDMI adapter.



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  1. bjojade

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    Inferior resolution support?

    Huh? On the Mac Mini, when connected to my TV, there are options for TV resolutions, 780p, 1080i, 1080p, etc, using displayport to DVI adaptor, and then DVI to HDMI cable.

    The only problem I have is that I can't feed audio through the same cable, requiring a 2nd connection.

    And how would plans for an adaptor suggest HDMI in the mini? Wouldn't it make more sense to keep display port and then have the adaptor to HDMI? Apple likes consistency. Displayport on everything makes the most sense.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Apple in its launch of the new MacBook Pro today put out hints that it will support HDMI soon.

    Welcome, Apple, to the 21st century...

    Third-party adapters have existed before, including those from Kanex, StarTech and TeleAdapt, but these have never had official recognition from Apple.

    Why should they have 'official recognition'. DisplayPort is an open standard, as is HDMI, and doesn't require one to shuffle off to Apple for their blessing to make a device (as opposed to, say, an iPod connector or MagSafe power block).

  1. nathansmith

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    Get an adapter here: http://www.amazon.com/DisplayPort-Adapter-female-Cable-Apple/dp/B0025V2VO0/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

    This works great on my MBP, and has choice of 720 or 1080 in the Apple display preferences. It doesn't carry audio, but I didn't expect it to.

  1. facebook_Kevin

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    Joined: Apr 2010

    +1

    I use the Kanex one. Does vid/aud and works great!

    Yup, the one I use takes the DP and the USB down to a single HDMI output and I run that to my TV. 1080p with LPCM 2.1 audio.

  1. Jittery Jimmy

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    I have a wonderful $10 MiniDP to HDMI adapter that I bought from Amazon. My Mini recognizes my TV with it just fine, and I have TV-specific options of 1080p, 1080i, 720p and 720i (among some others) that are appropriate for my TV.

    It doesn't carry audio, so I also have a TOSLink cable in place. Hopefully future PC and Mac video chipsets will support audio through the DP video interface without requiring a complicated custom hardware interface.

  1. facebook_Rob

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    Mini Display to HDMI with Audio

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5969&seq=1&format=2


    Mini Displayport Male and USB Male Audio to HDMI Female Converting Adapter

  1. facebook_Rob

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    Mini Display to HDMI with Audio

    MonoPrice.com put 5969 in the search field.


    Mini Displayport Male and USB Male Audio to HDMI Female Converting Adapter

  1. RoosterJuice

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    Joined: Mar 2010

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    BHAHA

    The Mac "Genius" I talked to a few months ago said "they will never have hdmi out, because it's inferior to mini display port"

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