If you own a unibody MacBook or MacBook Pro with a Mini DisplayPort and want to export video to a TV or other HDMI device, hang on for just a bit longer.
According to AppleInsider, discount cable outlet Monoprice.com will begin sell Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapters for US$14.25 starting March 15th. Two other new adapters, offering to convert the Mini DisplayPort signal for either DVI or VGA, will also be available that same day. The vast majority of today’s HDTVs have HDMI inputs, but DisplayPort is a relatively new player on the connection standard scene and connectors between the two are rare, especially for Mac owners.
Some users have been able to work around the problem with a Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter that in turn feeds a DVI to HDMI cable, though that method may be less than ideal, requires the purchase of two adapters and may not be aesthetically satisfying and may degrade the video to a certain extent.
Apple currently sells a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter for US$29 as well as DVI adapters for US$29 through the Apple Store, but nothing for the HDMI standard.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and feel free to hurl your two cents in via the comments or forums.
The guys at TechRestore have sent along the following video of a conversion from an Apple MacBook to Axiotron’s Modbook tablet. (Disclaimer: TechRestore is a PowerPage sponsor.)
The video runs for less than two minutes and uses some undoubtedly nifty stop motion techniques to make it even more interesting:
Take a gander and let us know what you think in the comments or forums.
Late Wednesday, virtualization softare maker VMWare released version 2.0.2 of its Fusion software for the Mac.
Similar to other virtualization software packages, VMWare allows users to run alternate operating systems such as Windows and Linux distributions on Intel-based Macs at native speeds. Other features, such as Unity, allow users to run and minimize Windows applications from the Mac OS X Dock.
The new version, a 246 megabyte download, offers the following new features and fixes:
Allows importing Windows virtual machines from both Parallels Desktop 4.0 and Parallels Server for Mac.
Supports mounting unencrypted .dmg file format as a CD/DVD disk image, in addition to .iso file format.
Supports Mac OS X 10.5.6 as a host operating system.
Provides experimental support for Mac OS X Server 10.5.6 as a guest operating system.
Supports Ubuntu 8.10 as a guest operating system, including features such as VMware Tools with prebuilt kernel modules, Easy Install, and Unity.
Ships with a 12-month complimentary subscription to McAfee VirusScan Plus 2009 antivirus software, with localization support for French, German, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese.
Provides performance improvements when browsing mirrored folders and shared folders in Windows virtual machines.
Supports display of Windows applications in Unity view as 48 pixel x 48 pixel icons.
Resolves issues with “Optimize for Mac OS application performance” preference option for Mac OS X 10.5.5 and later.
The software requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run and retails for US$79.99.
If you’ve tried VMware Fusion 2.0 or have a favorite virtualization program of choice, let us know in the comments or forums.