The Video Electronics Standard Association (VESA) has officially issued specifications for Mini DisplayPort as part of the DisplayPort 1.1a standard.
Apple had been freely licensing Mini DisplayPort to encourage adoption. But, now that VESA is behind the connector it will likely be found in a larger variety of devices.
I’m excited about this announcement. It gives hope to those of us that would like to see a low-cost DVI to Mini DisplayPort adapter — I’d love to connect one of Apple’s new Cinema Displays to my Mini-DVI equipped iMac.