Questions & Answers for Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch)
196 Questions from the Community
Is the ThunderBolt Display worth the money?
I love my 13" non-retina MacBook pro and I'm curious if the the Thunderbolt display is worth the money. I don't care about the glare as I will be looking out a window so the sun won't reflect on it. I produce music and an extra display would be of huge help. My concern is, is it reliable? I really don't care about height adjustment or anything but is it a quality-built monitor that will last a while? I have a 19" Dell Monitor but its having problems and I would like to upgrade to something better. I am also a school student and I guess it could help with research papers and such.
- Asked by Jesse H from Clarence Center
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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
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No if your mac is 2011 or later it will work because the macs 2011 and up have thunderbolt ports. If your mac is older you will need a cinema Display.
- Answered by Brian C from Huntington Beach
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It's a monitor (not an iMac, though it does look similar). It doesn't have it's own operating system, it's designed to work with a computer (sold separately). It connects via thunderbolt.
- Answered by Ben K from Atlanta
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Will I be able to use two of these displays on a MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011)?
I would like to use a MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011) with dual Apple Thunderbolt displays. Is that possible?
- Asked by Bryce C from Green Bay
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Have 11 air. Better to get Cinema Display for use with or just get refurb imac
- Asked by Wayne Z from Mississauga
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can i use this display for my cad drawings meaning
- Asked by Michael B from Meridian
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How many pixels per square inch
- Asked by Paul L from Bloomfield Hills
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Can I connect the apple TV to the Apple Thunderbolt Display
- Asked by Edward & Angelika G from Atlanta
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No you can't. This screen connect to thunderbolt enabled devises, only, and the Apple Cinema Display only connect to devises with a mini display port, neither of which the Apple TV has or can connect to. The Apple TV can only connect to a HD TV with an HDMI cable.
- Answered by Tommy P from Toronto
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what is the difference between the thunderbolt display and the cinema display?
- Asked by Reynaldo Allan B from Los Angeles
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The differences between the two are:
Cinema display needs 3 connections to work, Thunderbolt display 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
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Will early 2008 MacBook 13-inch work with Thunderbolt Display?
- Asked by Mary R from Noblesville
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No, the Thunderbolt Display will only work with computers with a Thunderbolt port.
- Answered by Dave W from Essex Junction
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The Thunderbolt cable you need to connect your computer is integrated into the display. You don't need to buy any other cables.
- Answered by Julian B
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I have a MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2013) and my wife has a MacBook Air (Mid 2013). Can we both use the TB display to charge/voltage differences?Answer
I'm not sure what you mean by "charge/voltage differences?" Are you wanting to use the monitor at the same time with both computers? If so, no you cannot. If you mean can you use it separately, yes you can. The charger on the monitor will charge them both individually. With the newer MB's you will need to use the adapter on the monitor. It is a small plug that magnetically attaches to the power cable. On older models of MBA and MBP you will not need the adapter. But don't loose the adapter you may need it for one of your friends' older MB.
- Answered by D Michael S from Wheaton
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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 do I clean the thunderbolt display screen?
- Asked by Glenn A from Soldotna
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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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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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Can a Thunderbolt display switch between two computers?
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?)
- Asked by Marc Y from Stony Brook
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The display has a thunderbolt cable AND a thunderbolt port. If you connect an iMac to the cable and a mac book pro or mac book air with an optional thunderbolt cable connected to the port then you can use 2 sources. HOWEVER in order to switch displays you either need to shut down or disconnect the computer using the monitor i.e. the display "remembers" the active port and will only switch if this original source is turned off or disconnected.
I use my iMac in dual display mode but if I connect my MBA and turn off the iMac, the MBA can use the extra display AND the extra USB and ethernet port (and be charged at the same time). I do not have a USB keyboard but suspect the two machines could share the same keyboard and mouse since the ports seem to move with the display source.
- Answered by Chris E
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power connect to macbook pro 2013
The power cable doesn't connect to my new macbook pro (2013), as the connectors are different.
Is there a converter or other cord that i could use instead?
- Asked by Elizabeth T from Lafayette
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There should of been an adapter included in the new monitor's box. It would of been connected to the existing power cable. Since I had an older Air, I didn't need it but my daughter who has a newer Air did. Be sure to check the packaging closely, it is very small. Otherwise contact Apple for a replacement.
- Answered by David S from Wheaton
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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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Does the thunderbolt display support USB 3.0?
- Asked by Joey P from West Lafayette
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No, the current model only supports USB 2.0
- Answered by J Rolando S from Alachua
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