It doesn’t seem so long ago that buying a new Mac often required buying a new display to go with it -- and there were plenty to choose from. Flash forward to the present and Apple is selling more notebooks and iMacs, which has all but negated the need for a separate monitor with many users. But for the few, the proud who still need one, here’s a quick look at your options.
Introduced in October, 2008, Mini DisplayPort is Apple’s current connection du jour for audio and video, and starting with the introduction of Thunderbolt earlier this year, the tiny jack is now host to high-speed hard drives and other peripherals as well. But did you know that Mini DisplayPort is capable of other amazing feats of strength as well?
If you think rocking a 27-inch iMac with a 30-inch monitor is cool -- and we did prior to Tuesday -- how about a pair of 30-inch displays? That’s exactly the kind of feats of strength the new iMac is capable of, thanks to dual Thunderbolt ports.
You may have noticed that Apple refreshed their MacBook Pro line Thursday morning -- but did you notice that little lightning bolt symbol next to the Mini DisplayPort port? If not, you may be missing out on the real story with these new notebooks, which is the new Thunderbolt technology.
If a Chinese case manufacturer is to be believed, Apple’s next iPad may come with quite a few new ports and functionality -- including both front and rear cameras, an SD card slot and even a port that appears to accept a mini DisplayPort cable.
If you’ve got a Mac with a Mini DisplayPort, you could connect it to Apple’s gorgeous but super-pricey 24-inch LED Cinema Display ($899, apple.com). Or you could pick up an adapter and connect that puppy to the flat-screen TV or third-party monitor you already own.
Home theatre lovers have long lamented the absence of an HDMI port on their favorite Macs, particularly the diminutive Mac mini, which seems ready-made for inclusion in such a place. But that may be changing soon.