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Mini display port adapter offered for MBA - looks like an error.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Nostromo, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. macrumors 65816

    Nostromo

    #1
    Just checked out the options for the 13" MBA.

    I was astonished to see you could order a mini display port adapter for the MBA.

    From what I have seen the MBA doesn't have a mini display port.

    Displays have to be connected through a Thunderbolt adapter.
     
  2. macrumors member

    #2
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    Will there be a Thunderbolt to VGA adapter???
     
  3. macrumors newbie

    #3
    From http://www.apple.com/thunderbolt/

    "because Thunderbolt is based on DisplayPort technology, the video standard for high-resolution displays, any Mini DisplayPort display plugs right into the Thunderbolt port. To connect a DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI, or VGA display, just use an existing adapter."
     
  4. macrumors 6502

    #4
    The Thunderbolt connector is physically the same as a Mini DisplayPort connector and can be used to connect a MDP display with a regular MDP cable. That's why they offer MDP adaptors for the new MBA; just use them.
     
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    Nostromo

    #5
    So a thunderbolt port and a mini display port have the same shape?

    Otherwise you wouldn't be able to plug the mini display port adapter into the Thunderbolt port...
     
  6. macrumors member

    #6
    Yes they are the same shape, the difference is the microchip inside the cable.
     
  7. macrumors 65816

    Nostromo

    #7
    Let's say someone wants to connect an external hard drive and a monitor.

    Thunderbolt is daisy-chainable like FireWire...

    How would one actually do it?
     
  8. macrumors 68020

    Krevnik

    #8
    DisplayPort devices would need to be at the end of the chain. So you'd have it like so:

    MBA <-> Drive <-> Display.
     

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