Apple introduced the Mini DisplayPort, an ultra-compact connection (just 10% the size of a normal DVI), in the launch of the new MacBooks and MacBooks Pro unibody. Shortly thereafter, Ma announced it would license Mini DisplayPort free of charge to other manufacturers. With this license, other companies will be able to integrate the door into their products, in addition to creating and selling adapters of the most diverse types.
During CES 2009, the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced that it is already preparing version 1.2 of the DisplayPort specification, and that Apple’s Mini DisplayPort connection will be adopted as an official standard for notebooks, which is good news for the Cupertino, since it facilitates the acceptance of the standard by other companies.
In addition, DisplayPort version 1.2 will bring other great news, such as doubling the amount of available bandwidth, which will allow the production of much better images. The new technology will allow a resolution of 3840 × 2160 pixels, 60 frames per second and 30 bits of color more advanced. The current specification only allows a resolution of 2560 × 1600 pixels, with the same quality in the image.
The new DisplayPort 1.2 will also allow two monitors to be connected to just one port, with a resolution of 2560 × 1600 pixels each, or four monitors connected with a resolution of 1920 × 1200 pixels each.
It will also be possible for a single monitor to run at a frame rate 120Hz to create stereoscopic 3D effects normally seen with special glasses, such as GeForce 3D Vision.
It remains to be seen whether VESA will be able to publish DisplayPort 1.2 specifications by mid-year, allowing manufacturers to create compatible hardware in time for their launches.