Questions & Answers for Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch)
222 Questions from the Community
how do I clean the thunderbolt display screen?
- Asked by Glenn A from Soldotna
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can i use this display for my cad drawings meaning
- Asked by Michael B from Meridian
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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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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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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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(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 i connect a macbook pro equipped with Thunderbolt to an old ADC cinema display? if so, How?
I'm in the market for a new macbook pro, but i can't seem to find any definite information as to whether or not i can use my old cinema display (using ADC). I know there is an ADC-DVI converter, and a Thunderbolt-DVI converter. Is it possible to simply buy both and use the old display?
- Asked by Nolan C from Binghamton
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The answer is yes. Once the ADC-DVI converter is in place it is, effectively, a DVI plug. After that using the Thunderbolt to DVI converter is what you need.
- Answered by Antonio T from Dallas
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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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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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Is it possible to use Thunderbolt Display to any Hard Drive? (e.g. HP, Dell)
- Asked by Edwin Ugbinar A from Iloilo City
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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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Will this display work well with a Mac Book Air
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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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This Display has Thunderbolt 1 and USB 2. It will work with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3, but will be running / passing through the lower speed data.
It is highly probable that Apple will introduce new monitor(s) in the near future that will offer the higher speed ports.
- Answered by James H from Portland
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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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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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macbook air SN C02DN73NDJDK support thunderbolt?
I Would like to purchase a thunderbolt display, but my Macbook Air is about 1.5 years old. Will it be supported?
- Asked by Anne H from San Francisco
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Look for a Thunderbolt port on your machine - that little lightning bolt with the arrow. Alternatively, click on "About This Mac" from the Apple menu, "More Info...", "System Report..." and if you see an active Thunderbolt port under the Hardware section I think you're good. I believe they have a newer Thunderbolt port coming out with the new MacPro later in the year but everything right now should all be compatible.
- Answered by Robert C from Algonquin
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Are Retina displays only for computers and not thunderbolt displays? Does Thunderbolt Display produce exact Retina (for development)
On Retina displays, the colors on the Macbook Pro is precise. I read the Thunderbolt information and find that the Thunderbolt Display is LCD, not Retina. Are Retina displays only for computers and not Thunderbolt Displays? Does the Thunderbolt Display produce the exact Retina resolution/colors/etcetera (for intense-development). Thanks!
- Asked by David V from Pompano Beach
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I think you are under a misconception as to what 'retina' means when used by Apple regarding displays.
'Retina display' is a term coined by Apple for a display whose pixel density is sufficiently high that individual pixels cannot be discerned when the display is viewed at a normal working distance (for that display). It is not in itself a new technology. Colour is a separate matter that has nothing to do with being 'retina' or not.
This is a very high quality display. It is not 'retina' because the density of its pixels is not sufficiently high. That doesn't mean that it isn't a wonderful display, and it is most definitely suitable for 'intense-development', whatever that means.
From what I know no. The 27-inch thunderbolt and cinema displays should be using the displays from the older, fatter iMacs. Apple is really due for an update on their displays, one of the main reasons why I dont buy one. If you want an anti-reflective display, go for something like an u2713, they have an anti glare coating, at the cost of convenience, as it doesnt use a single thunderbolt port as the interface, it uses a displayport (full sized, not mini) and an USB3 hub.
- Answered by Carlos L from Miami
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