AppleInsider is reporting that Apple is planning to introduce HDMI into future Macs later this year. As you may know, HDMI connectivity is widely used in home theater systems, and has the advantage of transfering audio and video over a single cable. More specifically, prototypes of a new Mac mini — Apple’s smallest and most […]
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HDMI Ports Coming to Future Macs?

AppleInsider is reporting that Apple is planning to introduce HDMI into future Macs later this year. As you may know, HDMI connectivity is widely used in home theater systems, and has the advantage of transfering audio and video over a single cable.

More specifically, prototypes of a new Mac mini — Apple’s smallest and most affordable system, commonly employed by tech savvy Mac users as an ad-hoc living room media server, has been making the rounds with an HDMI port in place of its legacy DVI connector, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Reportedly these Mac Mini prototypes look just like current Mac Mini, and will continue to offer Apple’s relatively new mini DisplayPort alongside the HDMI port.

The report also claims that Apple had a mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapter ready to ship alongside the most recent iMac revisions, but was sidelined at the last minute when it was decided Blu-ray drives wouldn’t be included in this revision.

Personally, I can’t see Apple adding HDMI ports to any Mac other than the Mac Mini. As the report correctly points out, the Mac mini has been used as a beefier Apple TV by some tech savvy consumers. An HDMI port would help these folks. An HDMI port on a MacBook, or a Mac Pro? I can’t see it.

Mockup courtesy of AppleInsider.

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