Apple Thunderbolt Display

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Apple Thunderbolt Display
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The Apple Thunderbolt Display
Developer Apple Inc.
Type Computer monitor
Release date July 20, 2011
Discontinued June 23, 2016
Predecessor Apple Cinema Display

The Apple Thunderbolt Display is a 27-inch flat panel computer monitor that was sold by Apple Inc., introduced on July 20, 2011 and discontinued on June 23, 2016 according to a statement by an Apple spokesperson.[1] It replaced the former Apple LED Cinema Display. New to the Thunderbolt Display was the switch from Mini DisplayPort and USB to a single Thunderbolt connection for data transfer between computer and display. The increased throughput from switching to Thunderbolt enabled inclusion of a Gigabit Ethernet port and a FireWire 800 port on the display. Older model Macs introduced prior to 2011 with Mini DisplayPort are incompatible with the Thunderbolt Display.[2]

27-inch model[edit]

Like its LED Cinema Display predecessor, the resolution of the 27-inch model is 2560×1440 pixels, and follows a 16:9 aspect ratio. It was made with aluminium and glass, having a similar appearance to the current ranges of iMac and MacBook Pro unibody designs. The display featured a built-in 720p[3] FaceTime HD camera (replacing the iSight in the previous model), microphone, and stereo speaker system with subwoofer (2.1 channel). An octopus cable combining Thunderbolt and MagSafe is permanently attached to the back of the display for data input and charging laptops, respectively. There is also a separate Thunderbolt port, a FireWire 800 port, three USB 2.0 ports, and a Gigabit Ethernet port.

The Thunderbolt port allows for the possibility of daisy chaining Thunderbolt Displays from a supported Mac, or connecting other devices that have Thunderbolt ports, such as external hard drives and video capture devices.

Apple released Rev B of the Thunderbolt Display (model MC914LL/B) which includes a MagSafe to MagSafe 2 adaptor to the charging cable built into the display.[citation needed]

On June 23, 2016 Apple announced through a statement that the Thunderbolt Display would be discontinued saying "There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users,"[1] leading to the speculation that Apple may be in the works of producing a potential 4K or 5K external display.

Backward compatibility[edit]

Apple Thunderbolt Displays, like the video input on Thunderbolt iMacs, drop compatibility with all previous standards, including VGA, DVI, and DisplayPort.[4] They are not compatible with computers that do not have a Thunderbolt port, including pre-2011 Macs and the vast majority of PCs.

Using multiple displays[edit]

  • MacBook Air (Mid 2011): 1+1 Displays: Can use one Apple Thunderbolt display, in addition to the MacBook Air's own display.[5][6]
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012): 2+1 Displays: Can daisy chain two Apple Thunderbolt displays, in addition to the MacBook Air's own display.[7]
  • Macbook Pro (2011): 2 Displays: Can daisy chain two Apple Thunderbolt Displays together to get two displays, but the laptop's LCD may turn off.[6][8]
  • Macbook Pro (2012): 2+2 Displays: Can daisy chain two Apple Thunderbolt Displays, in addition to one HDMI display and the Macbook Pro's own display, for four displays total[9][10]
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013): 6 Displays: Can run six Apple Thunderbolt Displays using six Thunderbolt ports.[11]

Technical specifications[edit]

Table of models
Component LED-backlit LCD
Model Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-Inch)[2][12]
Release date(s) July 20, 2011
Discontinued June 23, 2016
Model number(s) MC914
Display 27 inches, TFT IPS active-matrix LCD, glossy glass covered screen, QHD (2560x1440 pixels) resolution, LED edge-lit backlight.
16:9 aspect ratio (widescreen)
Pixel density (in pixels per inch) 109
Response time 12 ms
Refresh rate 59.95 Hz
Colors 16.7 million (maximum) True Color
Contrast ratio 1000:1
Brightness 375 cd/m²
Viewing angle 178° horizontal; 178° vertical
Power input IEC 60320 C7 port, 100-240 V AC @ 50–60 Hz (Up to 250 W while charging a MacBook Pro via MagSafe cable, 2 W or less in energy saver mode)
Material Aluminium frame and glass front
Video input 1× unpowered Thunderbolt cable
Audio output 2.1 channel speaker system (49 watts)
Other I/O 1× powered Thunderbolt port, 3× powered USB 2.0 ports, 1× powered FireWire 800 port, 1× Gigabit Ethernet port
Miscellaneous 1.3 meter[13] permanent octopus cable with Universal MagSafe (up to 85 W) and Thunderbolt plugs, Kensington Security Slot, 720p FaceTime HD camera with microphone
Dimensions (h × w × d, with stand) 19.35 in × 25.7 in × 8.15 in (49.1 cm × 65.0 cm × 20.7 cm)
Weight 23.5 lb. (10.8 kg)
System Requirements OS X v10.6.8 or later, Thunderbolt port

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