VESA accepts Apple's Mini DisplayPort standard

The Video Electronics Standards Association (commonly known as VESA) is essentially the deciding factor on new hardware specifications and standards. Earlier today, they announced that they have approved Apple's new Mini DisplayPort standard, helped by the fact that it's a small connector and works well with small devices.

The announcement, found on VESA's website, states that, "Mini DisplayPort meets the need for a smaller form factor connector for devices such as thin portable computers and add-in cards with multiple display interfaces." Apple initially offered the standard in the form of a no-fee license, in which anybody could adopt, but decided to submit it to VESA for inclusion in the next DisplayPort standard update.

The standard was originally developed by Apple for use in its laptop range, such as the MacBook and MacBook Pro, and is progressing nicely; VESA stated that it's currently in the process of approving version 1.2 of the Mini DisplayPort, doubling the available bandwidth (meaning it'll be able to transfer 21.6 Gb/second). All going as planned, this should mean that in the future you might start seeing a lot more devices packing the Mini DisplayPort.

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mrp04 said,
How about not. Stupid Apple taking a STANDARD, stripping features, and calling it a new "standard".
And selling adapters to make some more revenue. Isn't it great? (a)

NeoTrunks said,
Didn't take long for someone to **** on this just because Apple is behind it.

Honestly, did you expect anything else here on Neowin?

If Apple discovered a cure to cancer and shared their knowledge free of charge, the news post here on Neowin would probably still be rated one star just because it involves that particular company.

.Neo said,
If Apple discovered a cure to cancer and shared their knowledge free of charge, the news post here on Neowin would probably still be rated one star just because it involves that particular company. ;)

Stupid Apple, messing with people's diseases.

But phones also have audio out. 2 cables, yeah, a pain... but I doubt you could even come close to fitting an HDMI port or a DisplayPort into a phone as small as the iPhone or the Droid/Milestone.

I've heard audio might be included in an update to the spec, too... but honestly, I might be talking out of my ass there :P

Well, cell phones are supposed to all be supporting USB soon, so would this be a port in addition to that? Since they just made the steps towards agreeing to USB as the port standard, I wouldn't expect them to scrap that just yet... Unless this would be in addition to a USB port...?

That's what I was thinking as well, I'm fine with something new replacing something old, like DVI replacing VGA, and DP over DVI and HDMI in the long run. But having all this overlap is a pain.

ahhell said,
Just what the world needs...yet another video connector.

One that is cheaper for manufacturers both in implementation and licensing, and endusers in cabling? Yeah, I agree. The world does need it.

Apple initially offered the standard in the form of a no-fee license, in which anybody could adopt, but decided to submit it to VESA for inclusion in the next DisplayPort standard update.

Does that mean that there will be a licensing fee for 3rd parties now?

Shadrack said,
Does that mean that there will be a licensing fee for 3rd parties now?


No. It's now an official standard so it will be a lot safer for other companies to invest in it as it will be used all around everywhere. And this is also only for the MINI DisplayPort. DisplayPort in general is already used quite a lot and is an open standard as far as I know.