Questions & Answers for Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch)
213 Questions from the Community
What are the USB ports and Ethernet port on Thunderbolt Displays used for?
So my question is, what all things I can connect to Thunderbolt display's USB ports?
If I connect a thumb drive, will it be accessible? (on mac mini if its connected to thunderbolt display)
If I have connected a Mac mini's thunderbolt port to Thunderbolt display, and for Internet access if I connect LAN cable to Ethernet port of Thunderbolt display, will I get internet connection on my mac mini?
- Asked by Vaibhav D from Pune
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The Thunderbolt display acts like a hub so the Thunderbolt ports and USB 2.0 ports are connected to the host computer in addition to any existing USB ports. The ethernet port in the display becomes a second ethernet port called "Display Ethernet" and if internet is available on this port, this service will become primary. The same goes for the Firewire 800 port. The main purpose of this is that you can connect ethernet and other peripherals and leave them connected and only the thunderbolt cable is needed to access all these devices. Also note that the captive thunderbolt cable is not necessarily required to connect to the display and all these ports. You can instead use any regular thunderbolt cable, which is reassurance should something go wrong with this cable with all the bending, inserting and removing going on on a regular basis.
- Answered by Robert C
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How many pixels per square inch
- Asked by Paul L from Bloomfield Hills
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If you have a small port on your MacBook Pro with a lightning bolt symbol then your computer should work fine with the Thunderbolt Display.
If you're still unsure, search for the Apple KB article titled "Macs that can be used with the Thunderbolt Display".
- Answered by Julian B
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Can a Thunderbolt display switch between two computers?
If a Thunderbolt display is the primary display for a Mac Mini, is it possible for the display to switch to a MacBook Air? Without necessarily pulling the Thunderbolt connection from the Mac Mini? (Extra credit if this means the two machines could share the same USB-connected keyboard and mouse, via the same display?)
To the best of my knowledge, there aren't any Thunderbolt console switches yet. I'd prefer never to buy one.
- Asked by Marco N from Moraga
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Same display. The /B model includes the magsafe adapter necessary for the newer MBPs/Airs. It was an extra purchase for the /A. model.
- Answered by Dave R from Ponte Vedra Beach
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can i use this display for my cad drawings meaning
- Asked by Michael B from Meridian
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(1) Network connection.
Most routers (inc. Apple's AirPort Express [10/100Mbps Ethernet only], AirPort Extreme & Time Capsule [both 10/100/1000Mbps "Gigabit" Ethernet]) have LAN Ethernet ports on them. So you can plug an Ethernet cable from your router's LAN Ethernet port into the back of the display's Ethernet port.
This then means any Mac you connect to the display, via the single Thunderbolt connection already on the display (which works at 10,000Mpbs [aka 10Gbps] so has plenty of bandwidth to handle Gigabit Ethernet easily, along with any other devices you plug into the other ports on the back of the display!) has access to the network (both your home network devices and internet).
This is useful if you had bad Wi-Fi coverage, and wanted a decent wired connection instead. For laptops, you could use Wi-Fi when not near the display, and then use a wired connection when using the display.
(2) Device connection.
Another alternative is just to connect a NAS drive (which often only have Ethernet connections, rather than USB/FW ones) into the back of the display via an Ethernet cable, and then connecting the display to a Mac via that single Thunderbolt cable to have access to the NAS.
(Hopefully in a revision, they could make the power directly MagSafe 2 (no adaptor thus needed), the USB2's to USB 3's (at least one/two of the three on it), and make the Ethernet port another Thunderbolt port for extra Thunderbolt device options (users could instead use the new Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adaptor, should they wish) All sensible, but we'll see. :-)
Probably the main two things, though there may be other specialist ones I can't think of, off the top of my head.
Hope this helps.
- Answered by James S
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Can you turn the Thunderbolt Display's volume OFF?
I want to connect the Bose Companion 5 system via USB, but my question is how do I turn off the Thunderbolt Display sound while keeping the sound coming from my Bose Speakers?
Thanks in advance, hope someone can answer this, i'd really appreciate it!
- Asked by Michael C from Riverview
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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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no, you need to purchase a mag safe 2 to mag safe adapter converter from Apple. Its $9.99
- Answered by Nabeel S from Houston
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how do I clean the thunderbolt display screen?
- Asked by Glenn A from Soldotna
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I have a Mac Pro will your new Thunderbolt display work on it?
please specify the installation and guides
- Asked by Premalatha M from Ampang
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No, the Thunderbolt display is only compatible with Apple devices with a Thunderbolt port. You can use the Cinema Display 27-inch.
- Answered by Richard K from Brooklyn
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OS X v10.6.8 or later
Thunderbolt-enabled Mac computer, including MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, Mac Pro and iMac
- Answered by Robert G from Winston
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I would like to know if I can use an Ethernet splitter to allow both the Thunderbolt display and my NAS drive access to the router?
- Asked by Matt F from Uffington
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I need an Extension cable to connect to a Mac Mini located in a closet
I need an Extension cable to connect to a Mac Mini located in a closet.
Please advise what product to use.
- Asked by Rogier S from San Mateo
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Can I connect my apple keyboard and track pad to this monitor so that when I switch computer, I do not need to switch keyboard and track pad?
I am thinking of buying an apple monitor and use it for my apple laptops. Can I use it as a full docking station so that the only thing I need to switch is the power and thunderbold cable.
- Asked by Jian L from Gainesville
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Yes. The monitor has 3- 2.0 USB inputs in the back. You can have all your input devices plugged in already or use wireless keyboard and mouse instead leaving the USB ports available for your printer or other devices. You will need to purchase a USB hub at some point to plug in other items, they are not that expensive but you need to make sure that the hub is a powered hub which does not rely on the power supplied by the monitors power supply.
- Answered by David S from Wheaton
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The Thunderbolt display comes with a dual wire equipped with a Thunderbolt plug and a power cord with an adapter for earlier models of MB Air and MB Pro's. No need to purchase a cable unless you want to expand the Thunderbolt capabilities.
- Answered by David S from Wheaton
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Thunderbolt display audio output to RCA
I have a Macbook Pro connected to a Thunderbolt display and I would like to output audio (ideally from the display) to a 5.1 speaker system that takes six RCA inputs. Can you tell me if this is possible and what I'd need please?
- Asked by John K
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Anyone using a thunderbolt display with a MBP with Retina Display? Is it the same clarity?
If not, what is the best option for a larger display with a 13inch retina display MBP?
- Asked by Taylor P from Grayson
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I picked up a Thunderbolt display about 7 mos ago to go along with myMBProRetina that is loaded out to the max with memory and a static HD that is 750GB+/-. I am actually looking to pick up a second one and have been hoping they would go down a bill or two but that hasn't happened. I am on my system 8-12 hours a day and love it. There is a slight difference but I don't feel the need to keep the monitor so close to my screen that really notice it. I do scale the TB down to 2048X1152 and keep it about two feet away from my face. This way I am not squinting to see the little things. I am a part time but very serious photographer and in Aperture quite a bit as well as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. It is real nice to have the space to view and go through my workflow after a shoot and keep the too bars and other items for editing on my MBPro Screen. I have two small complaints: The heat kicked off the screen can be stout at times. My cure was a small desk fan that pulls air across my keyboard and into the screen so I really dont feel the heat anymore. The second is that I wish there was some sort of utility that came with the TB display that would allow you to set it up with personal preferences so that when you plug in, whatever you have attached to the TB display automatically comes active, like my Harmon Kardon Speakers vs the internal MBPro Speakers which are really dinky for $3,500 worth of investment in my laptop. I also hook up a PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL audio interface for recording from a mixing board that I have. I have to hook it directly to my MBPro and wish I could hook it up to my TB. It just wont work if not directly to my MBPro. Lastly is he iSite Camera... FaceTime is a little whacky when you crank it up. It has a tough time trying to figure out which camera to default to . Hope all this helped. I have two MBPro's an iMac and just purchased a mini with Server OSX. You can not go wrong when you have nothing but the best to work with.
- Answered by Marshall R from Baton Rouge
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Will this display work well with a Mac Book Air
- Asked by Felipe R from Bayamon
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Does the latest Apple Thunderbolt display have a mega safe 2 connector or mega safe?
I am thinking of buying the new line of macs and I was wondering if Thunderbolt display has a mega safe 2 connector or 1? Do I need an adapter?
And which of the new Macs have Mega Safe 2? Does Air has Mega Safe 1 or 2?
- Asked by Rawaz M from Bradenton
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The new Thunderbolt display has a magsafe 1 connector. It comes with a magsafe to magsafe 2 converter in the box, though.
Also, I know both the new macbook models have magsafe 2 connectors. So, yes the air does.
- Answered by Nick S from Manila
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