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 adapter 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
- Colors: 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 cord
- MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter
- Printed documentation
- Screen size: 27 inches (diagonal viewable)
- Screen type: TFT Active-Matrix LCD
- Resolution: 2560 x 1440 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: 19.35 inches (49.1 cm)
- Width: 25.7 inches (65 cm)
- Depth: 8.15 inches (20.7 cm) with stand
- Weight: 23.5 pounds (10.8 kg)
- 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: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
- Storage temperature: -4° to 116° F (-40° to 47° C)
- Operating humidity: 20% to 80% non-condensing
- Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)
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
HORRIBLE FOR IMAC, MULTIPLE DISPLAYS AND LION
I was so excited to get my 27 inch iMac, and thunderbolt display(TBD)...until i opened them up and set them side by side.... and w I was so excited to get my 27 inch iMac, and thunderbolt display(TBD)...until i opened them up and set them side by side.... and went huh?
The TBD is shorter than the 27 iMac so the screens do not line up. that is a bad design flaw. if you had the laptop or the 21 inch iMac this wouldn't even matter so I'm lost for why they didn't make them match. did they hire someone from micro$oft to design this?
Second design flaw for the TBD is actually LION the os... does not work well with multiple displays like snow leopard does! when you use the new FULLSCREEN mode in lion apps it actually dims out the TBD(or any other screens for that matter) and displays a linen style backdrop which make the $1,000 monitor a very nice paper weight. I would hope this would be addressed in a LION update ASAP.
The third and very irritating design flaw is the lack of a POWER BUTTON. so now your pretty much forced to look at the linen style backdrop because you can't turn off the monitor. its like a reminder how much you paid to look at NOTHING.
I have been a mac user and customer for over 13 years and have owned/used almost every product apple has made and let me say that I have not been this disappointed from apple ever with both the TBD and LION. …
- Written by curtis G from sacramento
5422 of 8073 people found this useful
Beautiful and full featured yet handicapped by LCD quality control
I purchased two of these beautiful displays a few weeks ago and was wowed with them. The displays have a lot of functionality wit I purchased two of these beautiful displays a few weeks ago and was wowed with them. The displays have a lot of functionality with the multitude of ports on the backside. The ethernet, firewire, and usb ports are great when docking a computer such as an air. This is the good.
The bad is that the LCD panel inside of of the two units had a blue/greenish tint to it on the right and bottom area of the display which was very prominent when a light or white background was moved over it. I had that display replaced only to have the new one have yellowing around the bottom left corner and upper middle when on a darker background. Likely is caused by backlight bleed.
At $1000, I would assume others are using this for creative means and work like myself. Apple since will only replace the panel once. Being in photography, I am unfortunately having to return the display. Disappointing. …
- Written by Barrett F from Frisco
2754 of 3219 people found this useful
Ultimate docking station for my Macbook Air
- great size, was a bit concerned it would be too large compared to my previous Apple Cinema 20" display, but I quickly ap Likes:
- great size, was a bit concerned it would be too large compared to my previous Apple Cinema 20" display, but I quickly appreciated the extra space
- Clean simple design
- No fan, no noise - sometimes get fan noise from my MBA when using video chat 9heavy processing i guess)
- Love the Docking simplicity - I plug 2 FW 800 drives, keyboard, Ethernet (Thunderbolt HD prices are crazy, even by this monitors standards...)
- no concerns about reflection, I'm in sunny office by a window, no issues with reflection at all
- Built in FaceTime camera is great - was tired of looking sideways at my laptop during video calls
- Colors bright and even
- undocking - no clear documentation on how to undock when you have multiple drives attached. Found an applescript called "undock" to eject all drives prior to undocking
- Apple needs to improve communication on how to "undock", sleep computer first ? eject disks, etc...
- Smell - yes smell, for first few days, like some past macbook pros i've owned, this monitor has a "smell" for few days from the 'electronics" heating up, not too techie, but there's obviously some sort of coating etc. that emits a annoying smell, it eventually goes away, but reminded me of my past macbook pros
- no USB 3, this is a bit ridiculous, again, considering the price of thunderbolt external HDs
- would like to have audio out to plug speakers
would i buy again and recommend - yes.
hope this was helpful to shoppers …
- Written by Mark S from candiac
2027 of 2356 people found this useful
I use this for gaming and high-end design - interactive and print work. It's flawless. I'm not sure why its received so many negat I use this for gaming and high-end design - interactive and print work. It's flawless. I'm not sure why its received so many negative reviews... my experience with two separate units has been excellent. I purchased one for studio use after using my macbook pro with another.
Easy connect. Beautiful screen. Simple. …
- Written by Eriq C from Seattle
1 of 1 people found this useful
Beautiful display, temperamental USB hub.
The promise of this display is that one can plug two cords between thunderbolt-equipped Macs like my MacBook Pro Retina Late 2013 The promise of this display is that one can plug two cords between thunderbolt-equipped Macs like my MacBook Pro Retina Late 2013 to provide not only power and display, but USB, FireWire, Ethernet, a camera, speakers, and a microphone. The main problem with this display lies in the well-evidenced-by-thousands fact that the USB hub will shut off unexpectedly during use. The usual symptom is that one's mouse/keyboard attached to the display becomes unpowered, i.e. unresponsive, which can happen during sleep, display sleep, or even during operation. Worse is when one's external drives become detached during one of these episodes, interrupting any access by the system, as evidenced by "disk not ejected properly" messages.
These symptoms persist through firmware updates, OS updates, restarts, PM resets, and port switches, although they are not easily replicable, but are so random that they did not, unfortunately, lead me to understanding them well enough to take my monitor in during the AppleCare period.
When everything works right, it's amazing to have firewire drives backing up through time machine, a keyboard, a mouse, iPhone dock, a camera, decent speakers playing music, all connected via one cable, but its the most common cause of crashes or more minor interruptions on my computer by far—Almost daily. Buyer beware—Read about it. …
- Written by Shawn R from Brookline
3 of 3 people found this useful
King of Glare
I was assigned a thunderbolt display at work. I was so excited. But the minute I started using it, I realized a huge problem with I was assigned a thunderbolt display at work. I was so excited. But the minute I started using it, I realized a huge problem with it, kind of a deal breaker: it reflects almost everything. I am a programmer, and I like to program with a dark background in my editor. Now with this horrible reflection, I cannot see my staff clearly. All I can see is the shadow of whatever behind me. It is a good tool to tell whether your boss is coming behind you, but not a good display monitor, at least for programming. …
- Written by Shining S from New York
5 of 9 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Is the ThunderBolt Display worth the money?
- Asked by Jesse H from Clarence Center
- Jan 27, 2014
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
- Jan 28, 2014
can i used my iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2011)
- Asked by Edward J from Akron
- Mar 30, 2015
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
- Apr 7, 2015
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
- Apr 5, 2015
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
- Nov 19, 2011
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
- Apr 15, 2015
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
- Jan 22, 2013
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
- Feb 18, 2013
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
- Mar 19, 2015
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
- Mar 31, 2015