Originally Posted by cmf2
I don't see how adding a port would annoy users. Adding a port at this point wouldn't be about mass adoption, it would be about demoing capabilities.
You say the port would be useless to most, but many people have an HD TV at home and could benefit from mini DisplayPort through a simple mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter. iOS devices not even supporting 720p video out is a bit of a short coming right now (in before AirPlay comments).
I agree with this!
I was going to add the following as an edit to my prior post:
1) I don't follow the PC hardware -- but I think most PCs and laptops have the requisite PCI interface slot in their motherboards. If true, many existing PCs could, with a Thunderbolt adapter, take immediate advantage of the technology -- Apple's advantage is that the adapter will be built-in to all Macs (next refreash).
2) If there are apps running on PCs that could benefit from an iPad co-peripheral (as I described earlier) then these would be great targets for sales of software, hardware, connectors and iPads..
In my history with computers I have had the privilege to experience, first hand, several revolutions -- where the capability was so compelling
that it was the only way to go. Cost was not an issue
-- the results were not practical any other way!
Apple ][ and VisiCalc -- a $79 program that sold many $3,000 plus computers to run it.
Mac and the LaserWriter -- a $10,000 plus package that created the Desktop Publishing industry.
I believe the joining of the iPad with the Mac
(or PC) is another one of these revolutions.
I believe the AutoCads, the PhotoShops and, yes, the Final Cuts have seen what loosely-connected iPads and computers can do... and understand the potential of more tightly joining them as co-peripherals.
That's just the creatives -- haven't even considered the enterprise, educational, medical, defense and gaming potential of co-joined computing.