thunderbolt compared to minidisplay
What is the difference between a Thunderbolt port and a MiniDisplay port?
- Asked by Jared M from Green Bay
- Feb 2, 2014
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1 Answer from the Community
While not entirely accurate, think of MiniDisplayport as a limited version of Thunderbolt.
With DisplayPort, you can only only connect one item per port. With Thunderbolt, you can connect several items per port. So what that means is, with Displayport you could one monitor and that's it, but with Thunderbolt, you could have one cable run from the Thunderbolt port to an external hard drive, then to a 4K monitor, then to an external blu-ray drive, then to another 4K monitor, and still be able to connect more items past that if you needed to.
One other thing worth noting, you can plug a MiniDisplayport cable into a Thunderbolt port and it will work just like normal, however, you cannot plug a Thunderbolt cable into a MiniDisplayport.
- Answered by Nathaniel B from San Diego
- May 17, 2014
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Can I connect a new Macbook Air with Thunderbolt cable to an older iMac with a mini-display port only?
- Asked by Gary S from Vacaville
- Nov 6, 2013
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Is the Thunderbolt interface compatiable with the Mini-Display port connection used on my early 2009 MBP? I.e. can I connect it to this Mac?
- Asked by John L
- Dec 18, 2013
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