Originally Posted by EDMStitchy
I highly doubt this would eliminate onboard connections. As someone said in a previous post, this would be a dock connection to a piece of hardware that stays stationary. The box would be a USB, FireWire, Ethernet, Mini DisplayPort, Audio Optical/Analog In and Out ports and power built into 1 unit and only requires 1 connection wire to connect to the MacBook. As of now, it's a spaghetti configuration compared to the usual docking stations in the PC world.
Oh, And they can charge 200+ for this unit. Anything Sony and Lenovo offers as a docking station are around the $200 price point. Just saying before people complain this will cost too much for a docking unit.
While this may be true, it's not the configuration I want.
I want a hybrid of the 27" iMac and the 27" LED Display. A display with all the ports of the iMac minus the motherboard, and a single power cable documented in this article (instead of the current breakout cable from the LED Display with power, MDP, and USB). The display could keep room for the 5 1/4" SATA disk as a destination for Time Machine and even the optical drive slot like the iMac currently has.
In this manner, I set down my laptop, connect it with this connector to the display, and suddenly all the ports on my "display with port expander" come live. Additionally, Time Machine sees the optional disk drive embedded in the monitor and starts backing up to it automatically. Finally, I have an optical drive where I need it (i.e. where my optical discs are), not carrying it around day in and day out when I never use it.
Yes Apple, when this combo comes out, the credit cards come out, however many are necessary.