DisplayPort: Apple throws weight behind emerging display standard

“Apple didn’t just introduce new laptops Tuesday; it also introduced a new term to the vocabulary of Mac users—DisplayPort. The Mini DisplayPort found on new MacBooks, the refreshed Macbook Air and 15-inch MacBook Pros replaces the DVI and mini-DVI interfaces found on older models. But is this another proprietary debacle like Apple’s failed Apple Display Connector (ADC) interface? No,” Peter Cohen reports for Macworld.

“DisplayPort is, in fact, an open industry standard promoted by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), the same group that determines standard sizes for flat panel display mounts, for example. And Apple isn’t the only company supporting DisplayPort. HP, Philips, Samsung, Lenovo, AMD, Nvidia, Intel and many other companies have thrown their weight behind the standard, so we’ll be seeing a lot more DisplayPort-compatible devices in the coming years,” Cohen reports.

Full article, with just about everything you’ll want to know (and then some) about DisplayPort here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Martin” for the heads up.]


  1. @me

    Apple only left it out of the new macbook’s. You can always buy a MacBook Pro or really go cheap and get the $999 MacBook. Stop bitching – USB Hard drives hardly cost anything and if you have a Firewire Hard drive just put it in a USB case. What else do you need the firewire for?

  2. I’m totally with you. People like ‘Whatever’ who tell people to stop bitching and pay $500 more for another computer–they’re missing the point. If FireWire was only geared for professionals, why still include it on a $999 Mac but not the new one that replaces it? It’s not a personal jab from Apple, but it still pinches.

  3. YOU may not need FireWire. But just because YOU do not, it doesn’t mean that other people don’t either. If YOU would like to pay for replacement FireWire to USB hard drives for everyone else on this planet who needs one, go for it. I happen to have only a FireWire drive–with all of my backup data–that’s perfectly good, but unable to be used with this new product. It’s perfectly reasonable for a consumer to expect to not have to upgrade their computer to suit their periphals.

    If it doesn’t effect you in any way, fine! More power to you. But other people have different lives, and no one deserves to be publicly called bitchy for airing a perfectly reasonable criticism.

  4. Was that sarcasm? Seriously, dude-you can go get a little USB thumb drive that’s the equivalent of hundreds of floppies for under $10.

    A lot of folks have pro level cameras they’ve spent thousands of dollars that require firewire. I suppose that’s why they’ve left it on the pro machine.

  5. whatever: You are missing the point. Firewire is used for more than just external hard drives. A firewire DV camera is never going to work across USB 2.0. USB 2.0 is not deterministic, firewire is. Also firewire is peer-to-peer (no the same as P2P file sharing, — don’t even start that debate). This is what allows Firewire target mode to work. USB is has specific hosts, (master), and devices (slave). USB ports in PC’s (Macs included) are setup to be hosts only. That isn’t to say that Apple couldn’t use a USB chipset and port hardware that can also be a device (see the Gumstix Verdex embedded computer, its USB 1.1 port can be a host or a device), and then use a special cable.

    Many out there have said, “Just use an Ethernet cable for migration”. Firewire target mode is used for more than just migration. For example, if a use screws up, and renders their Mac unbootable, you can easily put it in target mode, and mount it on another Mac to fix it.

    Removing firewire from the MacBook is a huge mistake, especially with all the marketing Apple has done, touting how great Macs are for things like video editting. Someone that has already has a firewire DV camera, and $1300 to spend on a new computer, isn’t going to be happy to have to either spend $700 more to get the Pro, or buy a new camera. I can guarantee you that a large number of them will just get an HP or Dell. This will certainly reduce the number of “switchers”.

    If they at least had an express card slot, you could add firewire (or eSata, or USB3.0 when it comes out, or any number of new things).

    That is one area were Micro$oft’s “Apple Tax” propaganda is correct. Apple does limit your expandability.

    I dread thinking that they’ll remove firewire from the next Mini. I use an external firewire drive for Time Machine. That drive also has a USB 2.0 port, and I can say that FW400 IS noticeably faster.

    I would be OK with them removing the FW400 port if they add an express card slot. In fact, I would welcome that, because then I could connect my external drive with eSata, which would be even better.

  6. Widespread adoption of Firewire would have been much more successful in any case if Apple had kept Firewire compatibility in the iPod.

    Apple destroyed Firewire themselves 4 years ago.

  7. I’m still pissed that I had to give up OS 9.0. And what the hell am I supposed to do with my Imagewriter? And how dare Apple not include a modem port on any of my computers. I am not going to surf the web with this newfangled broadband crap.

    But really folks. Less than 1% of users care. Apple has moved on, I’ve ordered the MacBook, my external hard drives, iPod, camera, etc. all work on USB 2.0.

    Once Apple moved the iPod away from firewire (OK, that deserved a bitch, but I moved on), the days were numbered for fw on any of its computers.

  8. “i am pissed that i can’t use all my scsi devices don’t work anymore”

    Do you really still want to use that old 20 MB SCSI drive? LOL

    The SCSI command set runs over SAS and Fibre Channel, so Apple does still support SCSI in their server!

  9. Dammit! How will I plug in my keyboard into the new MacBook if there’s no ADB port??? Don’t tell me I have to go out and buy a new freakin’ keyboard!!!

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