Originally Posted by GregAlexander
As for the DVI port - just replace your DVI-to-VGA adaptor with a mini-DVI-to-VGA adaptor. Don't daisy-chain 2 together. Oh.... the MBA uses a Micro-DVI, not a Mini-DVI, so I'd assume the same for these.
I'd rather see Apple moving to HDMI (or Display Port) than micro-DVI, but then it wouldn't be backward compatible with VGA at all. And there's a lot of background hardware required for HDCP, not just the port.
The daisy chaining is why I would like to see displayport. It's the only standard that supports multiple displays from a single source. No more issues with the Mini not supporting dual displays and who knows how many displays a Mac Pro could run.
Since there is a way to daisy chain them, there may be a DVI splitter so that you can drive two displays without having to buy displayport compatible monitors.
With Displayport you also don't pay royalties to some other company, which means cheaper computers.
I read that there will be a displayport to VGA adaptor. If you can get DVI-D to VGA adaptors and displayport to DVI, it should be possible.
Originally Posted by Wiggin
GUI. Mice. 3.5" floppies. CD drives. Laptops. Trackball/trackpads. USB. FireWire.
Yeah, you're right. Apple has a terrible track record jumping into new technology before it's mainstream.
The problem here though is that there are multiple standards. Apple were backing UDI before it died. What if they go displayport only and HDMI takes over completely? There will be adaptors but it means you'll always have to use them.
I'm sure people who bought HD-DVD players would have felt safe buying into that standard when it already had some decent market support but look at it now.
It won't be quite the same deal as there are adaptors and there were no native mini-dvi displays before so most people were always using adaptors anyway so I guess it's not an issue and the size of the port is a huge improvement.
Plus, they sell displays too so they could always update their Cinema display line to use displayport.
Firewire like you say is a good example of Apple adopting (creating really) a standard that didn't have massive uptake elsewhere and it took a while to gain solid ground but it got there.
Here's an interesting thing though. On the displayport site, the Radeon mobile chipsets support the standard outright. This chipset is also faster than the Intel integrated x4500:http://www.notebookcheck.net/ATI-Rad...00.9591.0.html
"Avivo HD (Blu-Ray etc), Hybrid Graphics Technology, PCI-E 2.0, Vari-Bright (adjust panel brightness automatically to save current), HDCP support, Display Cache (to save current when refreshing an idle screen)"
Almost double the speed of the x4500 and 4 times faster than the x3100 and just under 8 times faster than the Mini's GMA 950.
Still under half the speed of the 8600M GT (maybe not the underclocked Mac version though - the AMD is 40 x 500MHz and if it's cool enough they won't have to modify it) but a big step up from Intel's chipsets. Plus it's integrated so they can put a dedicated card in the higher end models. It supports hybrid SLI or whatever AMD's equivalent is called - basically uses both dedicated and integrated chips together.