Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th May 2012 19:10 UTC
Apple The next frontier for Apple - and other technology companies - to conquer: the television market. Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn, has confirmed his company will be building a television for Apple in conjunction with Sharp. Since I bought a brand-new top-of-the-line TV late last year, I've been thinking a lot about what could be improved about the state of TV today, and as crazy as it seems, I'm actually not that dissatisfied.
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RE[3]: Predictions
by redshift on Sun 13th May 2012 16:20 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Predictions"
redshift
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2006-05-06

The full size display port connector is a cheap piece of crap. It does not take frequent plugging and unplugging well at all. Apple gave the standard for mini display port a royalty free license that anyone can implement.

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RE[4]: Predictions
by Neolander on Sun 13th May 2012 16:48 in reply to "RE[3]: Predictions"
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2010-03-08

Apple gave the standard for mini display port a royalty free license that anyone can implement.

Free of charge socket specifications are not something so special though, considering that to do anything with said socket you still need the expensive DisplayPort spec from VESA (which includes MiniDP specs) anyway...

I'm not blaming Apple, though. They are pretty much the only company in the computer industry who make frequent use of that connector, so they did not disturb anyone by letting the bulkier and more fragile earlier iteration die a quicker death. Also, they did the right thing by publicly standardizing the new standard under reasonable terms, though it is unlikely that people who have already went through the trouble of implementing HDMI will want to switch to yet another new screen socket of dubious extra value.

Edited 2012-05-13 16:55 UTC

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RE[5]: Predictions
by redshift on Sun 13th May 2012 22:47 in reply to "RE[4]: Predictions"
redshift Member since:
2006-05-06

[Free of charge socket specifications are not something so special though, considering that to do anything with said socket you still need the expensive DisplayPort spec from VESA (which includes MiniDP specs) anyway...


Actually VESA has the Display port spec available royalty free. HDMI costs 4 cents a port to license. It is still a generation ahead HDMI 1.4 in throughput. I know Toshiba is also using mini display-port on some laptops, so it has caught on a little.

Edited 2012-05-13 22:48 UTC

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