One of the biggest changes when Apple released the new Cinema Display earlier this year, was the Mini Display Port. This is an Apple-designed min-version of the VESA-approved Display Port, and Apple – apparently – want to make it a standard.
As such, they are offering no-fee licenses to any company interested in producing products that use the connector. Apple has previously had their own “mini” options like Mini-VGA and Mini-DVI – but they remained largely Apple only. With this no-fee license option now available, it’s possible that the Mini Display Port could fair much better in the market.