Questions & Answers for Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch)
209 Questions from the Community
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.
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Does the Thunderbolt has Ratina Display or equivalent?
Does the Thunderbolt has Ratina Display or equivalent?
- Asked by Hossam A from Elwood Park
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Which is the best display for Mac Pro MD771LL/A
I am confused whether to buy 27" Cinema or 27" Thunderbolt display for MD771LL/A. Please clarify which would be better.
- Asked by Chidanand M
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As of now, the Mac Pros do NOT support Thunderbolt. Only the new Macbook Pros do. Stick with the Cinema, there's not that big of a difference anyway.
- Answered by Sam D from Grayslake
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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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What is the difference between this display and the LED Cinema Display?
- Asked by Alex L from Bozeman
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I got a raspberry Pi for christmas- If you don't know what it is it is a aRM GNU/Lunix box
Anyways I need a monitor and I have been thinking about getting a thunderbolt display for my 2011 MBP 15" and was hoping to kinda kill 2 birds with one stone here....
The Raspberry Pi connects via HDMI and I know you can get a thunderbolt to HDMI cable so would this work????
It is an expensive monitor so if it won't work I will just have to buy a samsung or similar >_<
- Asked by Nick K from Kew
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NO! This won't work! Don't buy this display expecting it to work with your Raspberry Pi, or for that matter ANY OTHER DEVICE that doesn't have a native Thunderbolt port on board.
You cannot convert a video signal TO Thunderbolt.
And you cannot add Thunderbolt output to a system that doesn't have it supported on the motherboard.
Converters and adapters only go the other way TB -> HDMI / VGA / DVI etc. Thus allow connecting a TB Mac (or PC) to a non TB display.
You *might* be able to get your Raspberry Pi working with the Mini Display Port version of this display, the "Apple LED Cinema Display (27" flat panel)".
You'll need an adapter: I believe the Belkin AV360 adapter might work for you (but i've not used it personally).
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can you use this monitor with a pc?
- Asked by Jill S from Cedarburg
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No, only Apple computers from 2011 or later with a Thunderbolt port.
- Answered by Ben P from Cincinnati
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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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Yes, you can do that. In fact with Mavericks, it's even better because you can run two full screen apps at the same time... One on each display.
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Who makes a travel case for the Thunderbolt Display?
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Can I connect to an external Thunderbolt HDD using the Thunderbolt on the display?
I have purchased a Thunderbolt NAS drive from Apple recently and also have a Thunderbolt enabled Macbook Air.
My question is that if I purchase then new Display, can I connect the NAS through the Thunderbolt port on the back of the Display?
I know this is the case for USB but does it work for Thunderbolt connected drives as well?
- Asked by John H
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Currently there is no such product as a Thunderbolt NAS drive. Thunderbolt HDD, yes. When you connect a Thunderbolt drive to the Thunderbolt Display (or directly to a Thunderbolt computer) the drive could be shared on the network. The computer must be present, the Thunderbolt display can not provide this service without the computer. The display provides you all the ports (no adapters required) plus a audio system and provides power for a MacBook.
I have a MacBook Air connected to the Thunderbolt Display with several Seagate Thunderbolt drives connected to the display Thunderbolt port. The beauty of the Thunderbolt Display is that it becomes the hub of your desk to hook cables to. Just one cable connects to a MacBook and that supplies the power too. No adapters are needed for a MacBook Air to make Firewire 800 and Ethernet and additional (3) USB connections. If you need additional USB ports beyond the three on the display, you may plug a powered USB hub into the display.
And, yes, the MacBook will work in a cover closed mode when attached to the display, if you wish.
The Thunderbolt Display will also connect to a Thunderbolt equipped iMac for use as a second display.
- Answered by James H from Portland
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The 27-inch iMac and the Thunderbolt Display are both 27-inch (diagonal viewable image size) thin film transistor (TFT) active-matrix liquid crystal display (LCD) with in-plane switching (IPS).
- Answered by Dean S from Encino
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Would Apogee Duet Firewire work via Thunderbolt Cinema Display ?
Bought a macbook air.. wich means no firewire..
I then bought an adapter Firewire to Thunderbolt so I can use my Apogee Duet Firewire but Im shopping now for a display.
If I can use Apogee Duet Firewire through Thunderbol Display firewire port everything would be solved !!!
- Asked by Benoit B from Saint-jean-sur-richelieu
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Yes, it will work just fine.
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Can i connect my iPad to my Apple Thunderbolt Display? Which adapter do I need? I'd like to stream content on my iPad to the thunderbolt display.Best Answer:
As far as I know there are no iPad dock - Thunderbolt display adaptors. You may be able to daisy-chain an iPad dock - HDMI then HDMI - Thunderbolt but its a long shot. The official and reasonable answer would be no :)
what is the pixel pitch, or ppi of this monitor?
- Asked by Shan K from Pittsford
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Can I send video, audio, pictures etc to the display using AirPlay?
- Asked by Martin R from Reidsdale
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Not separately. No.
It has to be physically connected to a device via a Thunderbolt connection (Thunderbolt 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!
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is there a way to play a movie from iphone to thunderbolt display?
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Can I use this display safely in the UK? Do I need any extra equipment?
I purchased this (or a similar model) in 2012. I have recently relocated to the UK. I want to know what I need in order to safely operate this display in the UK?
Do I need a simple outlet adapter, or will I need a Voltage Transformer?
- Asked by Meghan E M from New York
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Yes. It'll work fine.
All Apple power supplies work from 110V through 240V
- Answered by Glenn G
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