Questions & Answers for Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch)
226 Questions from the Community
From what I know no. The 27-inch thunderbolt and cinema displays should be using the displays from the older, fatter iMacs. Apple is really due for an update on their displays, one of the main reasons why I dont buy one. If you want an anti-reflective display, go for something like an u2713, they have an anti glare coating, at the cost of convenience, as it doesnt use a single thunderbolt port as the interface, it uses a displayport (full sized, not mini) and an USB3 hub.
- Answered by Carlos L from Miami
- Oct 3, 2013
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I need an Extension cable to connect to a Mac Mini located in a closet
I need an Extension cable to connect to a Mac Mini located in a closet.
Please advise what product to use.
- Asked by Rogier S from San Mateo
- Jan 20, 2014
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Does this display have a power button?
- Asked by Chuck B from Oldsmar
- Oct 12, 2013
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The display has no power button. It is activated when the computer hooked to it is turned on.
- Answered by James H from Portland
- Oct 13, 2013
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Can you close your mac laptop while using the display?
- Asked by Albert K from Fort Lauderdale
- Feb 25, 2012
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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
- Dec 3, 2013
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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
- Dec 15, 2013
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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
- Feb 26, 2013
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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
- May 19, 2013
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using a mac air, what resolution will the thunderbolt display be capable of
- Asked by James M from Strathfieldsaye
- Jan 31, 2012
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I have a MacBook Air 11.6" (Mid 2011 Model) and I connect to the Thunderbolt display at 2560 x 1440.
There are other resolutions listed as being available also:
2048 x 1152
1920 x 1440
1920 x 1080
1600 x 1200
1600 x 900
1344 x 1008
1344 x 1008 (stretched)
1344 x 756
1280 x 960
1280 x 960 (stretched)
1280 x 720
1024 x 768
1024 x 768 (stretched)
800 x 600
800 x 600 (stretched)
- Answered by Jason C from Mitcham
- Feb 2, 2012
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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
- Jun 27, 2012
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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
- Sep 9, 2013
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Yes, it will work just fine.
- Answered by Rick A from El Cajon
- Nov 18, 2013
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how do I clean the thunderbolt display screen?
- Asked by Glenn A from Soldotna
- Jan 30, 2014
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Can I stand the thunderbolt monitor on vertical position with the provided stand? If not, which specific stand is compatible for a vertical position?
- Asked by Alberto M from Orlando
- Nov 2, 2013
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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
- Mar 27, 2012
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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
- Jun 11, 2012
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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.
- Answered by Justin W from Lakeland
- Nov 3, 2013
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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
- Jun 17, 2012
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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
- Nov 1, 2013
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To use Thunderbolt Display, make sure you have the following:
• MacBook Air (Mid 2011) and later
• MacBook Pro (Early 2011) and later
• MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012)
• Mac mini Server (Mid 2011)
• Mac mini (Mid 2011)
• iMac (Mid 2011)
• OS X v10.6.8 or later
Find out if your current Mac qualifies by clicking the Apple icon at the top left of your screen, choosing About This Mac, then clicking More Info.
I Got this right off the support website. Hope it helps.
- Answered by Helen S from Fox Lake
- Mar 30, 2013
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what is the pixel pitch, or ppi of this monitor?
- Asked by Shan K from Pittsford
- Sep 17, 2013
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is there a way to play a movie from iphone to thunderbolt display?
- Asked by Jav R from Las Vegas
- Sep 16, 2013
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can i have the speakers on the TBD and Imac play at same time?
- Asked by Sharon S from Norfolk
- Aug 30, 2012
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