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, Mac Pro, and iMac are fully compatible with the Apple Thunderbolt 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: 375 cd/m2
- Contrast ratio: 1000:1
- Kensington security slot
- Energy saver mode: 1W or less
- Compatible with VESA Mount Adapter 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: 16.7 million
- Aspect ratio: 16:9
- Brightness: 375 cd/m2
- Contrast ratio: 1000:1
- Frequency Response: 12 ms
- Cable type: Thunderbolt
Size and weight
- Height: 49.1 cm (19.35 inches)
- Width: 65 cm (25.7 inches)
- Depth: 20.7 cm (8.15 inches) with stand
- Weight: 10.8 kg (23.5 pounds)
- 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: 2W or less
- Operating temperature: 10° to 35° C (50° to 95° F)
- Storage temperature: -40° to 47° C (-4° to 116° F)
- Operating humidity: 20% to 80% non-condensing
- Maximum operating altitude: 3,000 metres (10,000 feet)
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, Mac Pro and iMac
Ratings & Reviews
Great display but minor niggles
Used with 13" MacBook Air the image quality is great. Only niggles are the MBA gets hot and fan noisy when watching streamed media Used with 13" MacBook Air the image quality is great. Only niggles are the MBA gets hot and fan noisy when watching streamed media and the Thunderbolt cable and power cable routing could be improved by fitting a 90 degree connector to the Thundebolt cable (as per MagSafe connector) . As it stand the cable tends to put a sideways strain on the MBA socket. Apart from that all is good but it should be perfect at this price and the inclusion of a 90 degree thunderbolt adaptor would make it perfect with all Apple devices. …
- Written by Colin P from Liverpool
255 of 302 people found this useful
Careful what you hear
I abandoned a Samsung 23" as too difficult to set up with my MacBook. Had I turned off mirroring and dragged the menu bar over to I abandoned a Samsung 23" as too difficult to set up with my MacBook. Had I turned off mirroring and dragged the menu bar over to the monitor, i might have got more than a giant distorted view of the laptop screen.
As it was the Apple guys made it easy to make a decision by showing me how on the MacBook Pro, but better still in store pointed out that I had Thunderbolt on the MacBook Pro which I didn't realise. I can't sing its praises high enough. Not only is the screen excellent res at 2560 x 1140 setting but my basic 13" MacBook now has loads of screen estate to play with - exactly what I wanted.
With Bluetooth Mouse and Keyboard, I can have my MacBook shut and treat it like a desktop machine. Meanwhile, the Thunderbolt connection means just one (included) magsafe power connector and one Thunderbolt connector. In the back of the display, I've hooked up an old Firewire 400 drive using an adapter cable, and ethernet network printer, a cable to recharge the iPhone and I may get around to some other stuff. All this runs seamlessly through the one Thunderbolt connection. Genius. Using a modest about of cable trunking the wiring is invisible. Oh yes and the Thunderbolt runs the audio output through the displays speakers as well.
So what used to run miles of cable and use the national grid now sits unobtrusively around one desk which I can reclaim for paperwork whenever I want it. The display even works nicely with Parallels. Stupidly expensive but the concept of a single hub adds glory to what is already a very sharp monitor. Those concerned about the gloss screen: Don't use it outside, then. …
- Written by Stephen D from Newport
251 of 308 people found this useful
I have it connected to an 11 inch Macbook Air and all I can say is that the display is stunning. Surprisingly it has given me mor I have it connected to an 11 inch Macbook Air and all I can say is that the display is stunning. Surprisingly it has given me more room on my desk as the MacBook Air is in a cradle now and the display has such a small front to back footprint. When I got it home I did think it may be too big but it is just spot on. Also it gives me additional powered USB ports for a backup device and an external disk. Bluetooth keyboard and trackpad connected with no problem at all. Pricey yes but when you know it will work perhaps the premium is worth it. I hope so. Also I see this as a way to keep an excellent display and will only need to upgrade the laptop as and when - just hope the Thunderbolt connection remains standard. …
- Written by Kathryn D from Woking
205 of 236 people found this useful
Warning! No USB 3.0 on this, best for dark rooms too.
This is a great monitor and has the joy of powering your macbook, and a load of port replication on the back. However the USB port This is a great monitor and has the joy of powering your macbook, and a load of port replication on the back. However the USB ports are only USB 2.0, inexplicable in this day and age.
Also, the glossy screen really only suits darkened rooms, if you work in a lit office with it as I often do fatigue will quickly set in.
My advice? You'd be better off with a third party thunderbolt expansion box and a matte finish grade 1 from the likes of Samsung. …
- Written by Alastair M from Slinfold
3 of 3 people found this useful
These seem to have a design flaw with USB powering - devices stop working or fail to work - measured with USB meter and it's just These seem to have a design flaw with USB powering - devices stop working or fail to work - measured with USB meter and it's just underpowered. Not what you expect when paying £900 for a screen. …
- Written by Robert M from Southampton
13 of 13 people found this useful
No anti glare
The display is very glossy with high colour saturation and can tiring on the eyes if you look at it for more than 2 hours.
If you The display is very glossy with high colour saturation and can tiring on the eyes if you look at it for more than 2 hours.
If you are professional user and need the display for work this is no good for you as you will need an anti glare screen not currently offered by Apple. …
- Written by Steven A from LONDON
5 of 5 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Is the ThunderBolt Display worth the money?
- Asked by Jesse H from Clarence Center
I'm in the very same situation as you.
The Apple Thunderbolt Display is a very capable display, b I'm in the very same situation as you.
The Apple Thunderbolt Display is a very capable display, but it's starting to show it's age unfortunately.
The USB Ports are 2.0 (not 3.0), it uses the old generation Thunderbolt ports (not Thunderbolt 2) and has considerably more glare/reflection than the new iMac screens.
For the premium price that Apple charges, I would wait for an update. …
- Answered by Vlado K from Leura
If I bought a high spec Macbook Air or Pro, could I buy a normal 4k monitor and use it sort of like an iMac?
- Asked by Sam G
I purchased a 27" iMac last February (2014) and want to add another monitor. Is the 27' Thunderbolt Display the option?
- Asked by Clint R from Summit
Well, there are kind of two answers. If you want the iMac to line up PERFECTLY, don't get it (unless Well, there are kind of two answers. If you want the iMac to line up PERFECTLY, don't get it (unless you have something to let the Thunderbolt Dif you lay to sit on top of). If you don't mind it not lining up perfectly, its a good buy. Another depressing fact (kind of) is that the USB ports on the display are USB 2.0, not 3.0. The display does have a great Facetime camera as I have the same setup and I know this for a fact. The display has noticeably more glare than the iMac 27" itself. Hope my response helped! …
- Answered by Ryan F from Rhinebeck
If I plug headphones into the headphone jack of a MacBook Air that's connected to a Thunderbolt Display, will that silence the speakers on the TBD?
- Asked by Daniel O from Moscow
Not always. There appears to be a bug somewhere that often causes me to have to remove the headphone Not always. There appears to be a bug somewhere that often causes me to have to remove the headphones and plug them back in a few times to get it to silence the speakers. …
- Answered by Tim W from Waltham
I got a raspberry Pi for christmas- If you don't know what it is it is a aRM GNU/Lunix box
- Asked by Nick K from Kew
NO! This won't work! Don't buy this display expecting it to work with your Raspberry Pi, or for that 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).
- Answered by Alex K from Wells
can i used my iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2011)
- Asked by Edward J from Akron
Yes you can—I have the same year/model. The 2011s were the first iMacs to have the Thunderbolt 1 por Yes you can—I have the same year/model. The 2011s were the first iMacs to have the Thunderbolt 1 port on them. If you ever need to check what your computer has, Apple always has specs pages. …
- Answered by Rebecca H from Burlington