5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 11, 2008 1:52 PM by Israel Melendez
Siberian Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
Any idea as to whether Apple will finally bury the DVI and provide HDMI support for laptops and desktops?

siberian

Mac Mini Intel Duo Core & MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 2 Gigs of mem
  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (60,305 points)
    Nobody outside Apple knows anything about their unannounced products, and discussion of such topics is not permitted on these forums per their terms of use. Your only option is to submit feedback to Apple and wait and see like the rest of us.

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/
  • Siberian Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
    You'd think you could voice an opinion or question in a forum and foster a discussion as to why an age old technology (DVI) hasn't been updated on a 3k laptop. Sorry...
    siberian
  • Gonzalo Wallis Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a MacBook Pro 2.2 and when I try to connect the DVI cable to the HDMA in my Panasonic TV the screen goes gray and the computer stops responding and I have to restart the computer. What can I do to fix?
  • wolrah Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    I don't see why they would switch from DVI to HDMI. The signals are literally identical (thus why you can adapt between the two with a simple wire) and DVI's connector design is better suited for computer use. HDMI is a home theater interface. That's why the only PCs you see it on are "media center" machines.

    If you want to hook your MBP to a TV that lacks a DVI port, go buy a $5 adapter and be happy. Again, it's electrically identical, so the adapter is just changing the shape of the plug and thus costs practically nothing.
  • Israel Melendez Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
    I connect my PowerBook G4 (17) to HDMI monitors and TVs all the time. It properly detects screen resolution and aspect ratios, plus you can change the resolution depending on specific needs. The only thing that it does not have is audio since DVI does not have it. you then connect the audio with an analog mini-to-RCA cable. Most TVs will let you input the audio through an analog connection. You can also mirror the display.

    There are adapters and cables. I personally use and prefer the cable (DVI-HDMI). If you buy carefully, you can get a decent cable for $15.

    For now, I think you'd be better off with DVI since it has digital and analog outputs in the same connector. HDMI is only digital so your hardware would require an additional port for analog connections, taking more space and adding cost. HDMI is great since it can carry 8 channels of digital audio. For most laptop uses and scenarios, HDMI is not a necessity. For desktops it may be different (the Apple TV has it) and if you have a tower workstation, you can add it as an expansion card.