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When Apple announced their fall lineup of laptops, one thing really caught my eye. The new MacBooks can now drive a 30″ display. I don’t know how they did it, but that new integrated graphics chip can now really push out the pixels like no other […]

Dual-Link DVI Adapter Delay

When Apple announced their fall lineup of laptops, one thing really caught my eye. The new MacBooks can now drive a 30″ display. I don’t know how they did it, but that new integrated graphics chip can now really push out the pixels like no other MacBook has.

I had my 30″ display plugged into my Mac Pro, but I knew when Apple’s new laptops came out, I was going to make the switch back to a MacBook Pro. Knowing that I could even choose a MacBook just made the options more exciting.

That is until I noticed one little wrinkle. Well, two wrinkles actually. Number one is that the adapter that you need to connect a 30″ display to a mini DisplayPort is $99. Ouch! Number two: Apple is backordered by 4-5 weeks. I waited a week to make my purchase, hoping that it was a fluke, or that Apple would magically get more in stock. Nope, they are still backordered.

I’m not entirely sure what the deal is. Perhaps with the new MacBooks offering the 30″ display capability, there ended up being quite a bit more demand for these precious little adapters than Apple anticipated.

I ordered my laptop anyway. I chose the MacBook Pro because I have a Firewire 800 device I use alot. It’s awesome, but bittersweet, as my 30″ display is just sitting on the floor awaiting Apple’s getting back up to speed.

Nonetheless, I’m optimistic. Apple has gone with an open standard by choosing DisplayPort. This means that anybody can make a cable for it without paying royalties. Here’s hoping that someone will be quick to market with some new adapters.

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  1. OMG, they’re killing me with their prices on cables, adapters and such… $30-50 for wires wrapped in plastic. WTF? I personally hate the policy of using proprietary adapters.. it’s just extortion.. Even if I can afford to buy it – I can’t do that because of principle.

  2. If you read up on VGA, DVI, Dual DVI, and DIsplayPort, you’ll find out that there are significant electronic differences. It’s not just a matter of putting different connectors on the two ends of a cable. Apple calls it an “adapter” because it contains electronics. The cost of those electronics, as well as the cost of manufacturing, packaging, and distribution depends on the quantity they can sell. The market for this adapter is smaller than the number of people who own a computer with DisplayPort and a dual-DVI monitor and want to connect them to each other. That’s not very large. Then if Apple is planning on coming out with displays with DisplayPort soon, the demand for this adapter is going to be even more limited.

    Taking all those factors into account, $99 is probably an appropriate price.

  3. @harvey
    I agree. Considering the kind of electronics that are in that I am surprised they dont need a seperate converter module in the middle of the cord.

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  5. Cool thats really interesting. Awesome post :D

  6. So what about us Mac Pro users that want to buy the new LED display. Is there an adaptor from DVI to the mini displayport?

  7. Thanks for the perspective, Brian.

  8. 2Harvey:
    OK, I’m not talking about this particular mini dvi to dual link dvi.. Haven’t disassembled it. But general mini-dvi -> dvi adapter:
    http://store.apple.com/us/product/M9321G/B
    shouldn’t cost more than $10, maximum. Say nothing of the prices on power adapters for iphone or ipod touch devices, like this one:
    http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB051LL/A
    I have bought a fake adapter in China for less than $10, it looks absolutely the same as the original ones and works great as well..

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  10. While I’m not trying to pass any flames at you and your post, you do make some valid points (the delay in shipping, for example). That said, you possibly paid $2700 for a Mac Pro, a new MacBook Pro for $1999 and a 30″ display for $1799, plus if you bought AppleCare on top of that, which I assume that you did, then you’ve sunk quite a bit into your hardware. While I too have bought pretty much the same setup, plus an iMac, Macbook and a couple other Apple products, a $99 cable should NOT be your concern.

    When you can come back to the table complaining about the quality, support, etc. and in this case the available of said cable, then will your concerns have weight. Everyone that is an Apple product owner understands that there is a premium price to be paid for their products. If you are unhappy with said “Apple Tax”, I’m sure Dell, HP, or some other company would love your dollars.

    Thanks for the article about the delay and I agree, it will be a short time, if not already, before a cable that is non-Apple branded to be made and will come in much less on the pricing scale.

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