Originally Posted by SolipsismX
wired is being deprecated so it makes no sense to use a much larger port interface and add HW
They could eventually reduce the port to be just a power supply and any peripherals just have to use some wireless connection. That way 3rd parties can easily test peripheral devices without needing to have the latest model of device or having a strict certification but it would waste more power going wireless all the time when a simple wired connection would suffice and it doesn't seem like simpler certification is what Apple wants.
I don't think the mirroring functionality is something that would be needed often at 1080p and if video output still works at 1080p and doesn't show major artifacts, it's not much of a problem. It just seems silly to purposely design it in a way that requires more expensive adaptors, more engineering and delivers poorer quality when they could easily have used more pins if that's what the problem is and just required people to put the plug in the right way.
No doubt 3rd parties will be trying to make Lightning to HDMI adaptors of their own but there seems to be delays with certification:
"Monoprice.com, a popular Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., vendor of discount-priced cables, hopes to start selling its own line of Lightning adapters and connectors in November but needs to get Apple's approval first, spokesman George Pappas wrote."
Apple apparently requires suppliers to use Apple approved factories, which is good if it avoids abusive labour conditions but will add to delays:
In some ways it seems like a crackdown on unathorized peripherals, which could explain all the Lightning to 30-pin adaptors that are out and will allow them to avoid certifying or changing the current hardware. Imagine if they lose a large chunk of the 100 million iOS devices per year peripheral market to cheaply made passive cables. Their peripheral margins could easily be huge at $30-50 a cable. Even if they hit 1/4 of all owners and have a 60% net profit on them, it could easily be $0.5b.