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New MacBook Pros Support Audio Over Mini DisplayPort
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 7:31 PM EST
Posted by: Charles

Ars Technica is reporting that the new MacBook Pros released today support the pass-through of audio and video over the Mini DisplayPort. The Mini DisplayPort standard has always supported this functionality, but this is the first time Apple has decided to enable the audio half of the equation on a Mac. All the end-user really needs is a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter that supports audio. You know, like one from Kanex or Monoprice.

"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."

So, one can only hope that the Mac mini is next on the list to receive this treatment from Apple. It sure would make things easier on all you Mac mini-based HTPC users out there. Then again, I guess that rumored HDMI port wouldn't be shabby either.

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