It’s a step in the right direction, even if it is a few years too late.
Apple is a strange company. In some instances, they’re incredibly innovative, trying new things and constantly evolving. In others, they seem like the stodgy old men afraid of the change that they once mocked. DisplayPort is a great example.
If you own an Apple computer then you’ve seen DisplayPort. It looks like HDMI, it works like HDMI, but it’s not HDMI. There’s nothing wrong with DisplayPort specifically, mind you. HDMI supports a few things that DisplayPort doesn’t, but it’s nothing most people would ever need to use.
The problem with DisplayPort is that no one uses it. Most televisions don’t have DisplayPort inputs, and that’s a problem for anyone wanting to hook their Apple computer up to a TV or non-Apple monitor. Apple doesn’t use HDMI, and no one else uses DisplayPort.
There have been a few third party options for adapters, but it seems Apple is finally making its own. A listing for the MacBook Pro revealed that a DisplayPort to HDMI adapter is on its way from Apple. There’s no word yet regarding availability or pricing.