Ars Technica is reporting that the MacBook Pros released yesterday can now transfer audio signals, along with video through their Min DisplayPort outputs. Apple confirmed to Ars that the just-updated MacBook Pros will pass both video and audio signals to an HDTV or receiver when using an miniDP to HDMI adapter. Apple sells one such […]
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New MacBook Pros Support Audio and Video Through Mini DisplayPort

Ars Technica is reporting that the MacBook Pros released yesterday can now transfer audio signals, along with video through their Min DisplayPort outputs.

Apple confirmed to Ars that the just-updated MacBook Pros will pass both video and audio signals to an HDTV or receiver when using an miniDP to HDMI adapter. Apple sells one such adapter from Griffin online, though alternative from suppliers such as Monoprice are also available. Apple doesn’t have any plans at this time to make its own adapter, contrary to earlier speculation.

Up until now, users wanting to pass both audio and video to projectors or TVs have needed a thrid-party adapter for the Mini DisplayPort to get video out, and then yet another cable to get audio out. With both signals now coming through one (Mini DisplayPort), users will only need, say, a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter.

As you may well know, HDMI is a connector traditionally used on modern TV sets and other home theater systems. This has led to speculation that Apple may include an HDMI port on a forthcoming Mac Mini model, seeing as many use the Mac Mini as an ad hoc media server.

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