Thunderbolt input

Discussion in 'iMac' started by EdMo, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. EdMo macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2009
    ... so does that fact that this port take input and will be able to handle adaptors to, say, hdmi, mean that its gonna be possible to plug bluray player/xbox into an imac?

    im assuming out of the box, no. but surely the hardware can take it... so just a matter of time before someone develops the right app??

  2. bo-waleed macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2009
    that will be great.

    i hope the new imacs accept HDMI inputs.
  3. Reclaim3r macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2009
    Anyone know if this is possible? This would be very sweet.
  4. Chris5488 macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2011
    Still no adapters released, so we can't say for sure.
    But technically it's possible. HDMI is a digital signal and Tunderbolt is designed to accept/transfer everything.

    Apple mentions HDMI on their Thunderbolt page:
    But says "...just use an existing adapter". Since Thunderbolt has the same port as mini-displayport, they could refer to the HDMI to mini-displayport adapters :( which costs 150 dollars :(...

    But here the good news: Intel showed a a list of manufacturers which will make Thunderbolt products. 3 companies catch our eye: Avid, Apogee and Blackmagic. 3 companies which have HDMI adapters/converters. Ofcourse we don't know for sure they will release HDMI to Thunderbolt adapters, but since they will release Thunderbolt devices and are in the branche... We can just hope...

    And there still might be some other companies who want to realise this.
    Like the companies who sell the Mini-displayport to HDMI adapters right now like Kanex. They still depend on a seperate power source, but since Thunderbolt is able to give enough power, this might be a promissing upgrade for their mini-displayport to HDMI adapters!

    As conclusion: There probably will come HDMI to Thunderbolt adapters, but when? And for how much?
  5. Nishi100 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 27, 2010
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    I've been trying to get people with a 2011 MBP to try it - but so far, no one seems to have tested it.

    I can see this working on the 21.5 inch iMac (with a 1080p screen) as no scaling will be required. On the 27 inch it may just say "no", the resolution input from the PS3 isn't the same as the resolution output from the screen; or more likely allow it at 720p - rubbish - ever tried watching an Apple "HD" (720p isn't HD IMO) movie on the iMac 27inch? It's not good.
  6. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
  7. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Are you talking about mDP --> HDMI or HDMI --> mDP?

    mDP to HDMI is easy. Like posted above, a $5 dongle will do it.

    HDMI to mDP (or DP) is not so easy. Active circuitry is necessary to convert the DVI video to a DP stream. That's where the $150+ comes from.

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