Introducing the world’s first Thunderbolt display.
Thunderbolt technology built in.
Thunderbolt I/O technology lets you move data between your devices and your computer with unprecedented speed. With two channels of 10-Gbps throughput in both directions, it’s up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800. And it allows you to connect as many as six devices through a single, compact port.
The ultimate docking station.
With just one cable, connect any Thunderbolt-enabled Mac and get 27 inches of high-resolution screen space, high-quality audio, a FaceTime HD camera, FireWire 800 and Gigabit Ethernet ports — and a Thunderbolt port you can use to daisy-chain additional high-performance peripherals such as hard drives and video capture devices.
Plug in and power up.
The Thunderbolt Display includes a MagSafe connector that powers and charges your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.1 The connector sits on your desk, ready and waiting. No need to unwind the cord to the power adaptor that came with your notebook. Leave it exactly where it is, in your bag.
Made for the new MacBook family. A bigger display for your biggest ideas.
Connect your Thunderbolt-enabled Mac to the Thunderbolt Display for a panoramic viewing experience unlike any other. This huge 27-inch glossy widescreen display features a cinematic 16:9 aspect ratio and an astonishing 2560-by-1440 resolution. That gives you more room to work with apps on your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. And a worthy desktop companion to your iMac or Mac mini.
Full brightness with no waiting. That’s the big advantage of LED backlight technology. Unlike most displays that take time to warm up before they reach maximum brightness, an LED-backlit display is instantly on and uniformly bright. LED backlighting also gives you greater control over screen brightness. So you can tune the Thunderbolt Display to suit the ambient light in even the dimmest room.
Built-in FaceTime HD camera and microphone.
With the built-in FaceTime HD camera and microphone, you can connect your Mac desktop or notebook — open or closed — and make HD video calls2 or take a few snapshots using Photo Booth.
Thunderbolt Display compatibility.
Thunderbolt-enabled Macs, including the current generations of MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and iMac are fully compatible with the Apple Thunderbolt Display. Customers with Macs that only support Mini DisplayPort output, such as the Mac Pro and MacBook, as well as previous generations of MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini and iMac can use the 27-inch LED Cinema Display.
- Built-in FaceTime HD camera with microphone
- Built-in 2.1 speaker system
- Colours: 16.7 million
- Viewing angle: 178° horizontal; 178° vertical
- Brightness: 330 cd/m2
- Contrast ratio: 1000:1
- Kensington security slot
- Energy saver mode: 1W or less
- Compatible with VESA Mount Adaptor Kit (sold separately)
What's in the Box?
- Apple Thunderbolt Display
- AC power lead
- MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter
- Printed documentation
- Screen size : 27 inches (diagonal viewable)
- Screen type : TFT Active-Matrix LCD
- Resolution : 2560x1440 pixels
- Color resolution : Colours: 16.7 million
- Aspect ratio : 16:9
- Viewing angle : 178° horizontal; 178° vertical
- Brightness : Brightness: 375 cd/m2
- Contrast ratio : Contrast ratio: 1000:1
- Frequency Response : Response time: 12 ms
- Cable type : Thunderbolt
Size and weight
- Height : 19.35 inches (49.1 cm)
- Width : 25.7 inches (65 cm)
- Depth : 8.15 inches (20.7 cm) with stand
- Weight : 23.5 pounds (10.8 kg)
- Three powered USB 2.0 ports
- Firewire 800
- Gigabit Ethernet port
- Kensington lock slot
Camera and Microphone
- Built-in FaceTime HD camera with microphone
- Power : 100V to 240V AC 50-60Hz
- Maximum power : 250W (Thunderbolt Display while charging MacBook Pro)
- Energy saver mode : Energy saver mode: 2W or less
- Operating temperature: 10° to 35° C (50° to 95° F)
- Storage temperature: -4° to 47° C (-40° to 116° F)
- Operating humidity: 20% to 80% non-condensing
- Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)
VESA CompatibilityCompatible with VESA Mount Adaptor Kit (sold separately)
- OS X v10.6.8 or later
- Thunderbolt-enabled Mac computer, including MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini and iMac
Ratings & Reviews
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
- Asked by Alan M from Frisco
Not adjustable in height, but the screen angle of tilt has some adjustment.
There are several thi rd party accessories that could be used to raise the height of the stand. Another option would be to mount the monitor on a arm… Compatible with VESA Mount Adaptor Kit (sold separately) …
- Answered by James H from Portland
- Asked by Martin R from Reidsdale
Not separately. No.
It has to be physically connected to a device via a Thunderbolt connection (T hunderbolt only - it will NOT connect to older DisplayPort devices). However, once connected to a Mac, there are apps (such as AirServer) which will allow your Mac to receive AirPlay signals and display them on the monitor.
Hope this helps! …
- Answered by Adrian P
- Asked by Reynaldo Allan B from Los Angeles
The differences between the two are:
Cinema display needs 3 connections to work, Thunderbolt disp lay uses 2.
Cinema display works with Mini Display port, Thunderbolt display only works with Thunderbolt port.
cinema display has 3 USB 2.0 ports on the back, the thunderbolt display has 3 USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800, an additional Thunderbolt port and an ethernet port.
apart from that, they look identical, have the same screen resolution and cost exactly the same. …
- Answered by Sam R
- Asked by Michael C from Riverview
The best way to do this is to plug all your devices in. Once plugged in, then goto the apple icon in the top right corner open system preferences, click on the sound icon, then you will see a drop down listing the availiable sound devices. select the device that you wish to output sound. Usually if the device you select is present after removing the device, when it it reestablishes a connection (plug it back in) it will change to that device again. …
- Answered by Christopher B from Saline
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- Asked by Nicholas L from Washington