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The next iMac should add an HDMI connector

Will the next iMac — which I expect to arrive in September or October — have an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) connector? The Mac mini, Mac Pro, and MacBook Pros do, so why not the company’s best-selling all-in-one?

With Apple’s increasing dominance in the areas of digital media, it seems like a good idea to have this feature on all desktop Macs. Thunderbolt and USB ports are nice. However, HDMI is getting smaller even as it gets bigger (more on that in a moment).

But let’s back up. HDMI is an interface for audiovisual equipment such as high-definition television and home theater systems. It’s able to carry a bandwidth of 5Gbps (gigabits per second), which is purportedly more than twice the bandwidth needed to transmit multi-channel audio and video. HDMI provides an uncompressed, all-digital signal.

HDMI makes perfect sense for inclusion in the iMac. After all, the all-in-one is a computer that’s often integrated into home entertainment systems and/or used for gaming and movie viewing.

Apple developed a Mini DisplayPort in the past. Perhaps it’s time for a mini-HDMI connector. By the way, you can connect an iMac to an HDMI (as well as DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI) device, but it requires a separate adapter.

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Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.