Originally Posted by TenoBell
The point of DP is to be an open standard. To patent any part of it is counter productive and I'm sure violates the agreement to use the standard. Apple supports many open standards.
The point of open standards is to allow anyone to be free to use the mini-port and third parties will be free to make full to mini connectors.
DisplayPort is the open standard, not Mini DisplayPort, and we don't know if the mini version will ever be part of the standard. Besides, Apple have a slightly-skewed view regarding the use of open standards within proprietary products. Think AAC or Safari. (And yes, I do know that there is nothing actually wrong
in the way they interpret and implement those standards, but they do tend to operate to "the letter of the law, rather than its spirit".)
Originally Posted by JeffDM
Is mini Display Port part of the standard yet?
There is a bit of precedence. As it is, there aren't any cables with mini-DVI on one end, you have to buy one of Apple's dongle adapters and connect it to a cable with full DVI connectors. Mini-DVI is a connector that only Apple uses as far as I can tell.
Admittedly, I've only skimmed the (238 page) specs and compliance doc, but I can find no mention of a "Mini DisplayPort" at all.
Your point about Apple's use of mini DVI (and mini VGA before it) and the total lack of third-party adapters is exactly what I'm worried about. Why will any 3rd party want to manufacture niche products when the rest of the industry is using the full standard?
And if it does come down to adapters only being available from Apple, what are we to make of the lack of a Mini DisplayPort to Video adapter? S-Video and Composite may be old tech within the entertainment industry, but they're still vital for connecting to video mixers such as the Edirol V4 and V8, the industry standards for performing VJs.
Originally Posted by ksec
Mini DisplayPort is a draft VESA Standard. It is properly like Draft N in Router.
Do you have a link to support your assertion? I can find no mention of it in the current documentation. I would like nothing more than to be reassured.