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. The Apple Thunderbolt Display is not compatible with MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015).
- 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. The Apple Thunderbolt Display is not compatible with MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015).
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
5504 of 8215 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
2807 of 3286 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
2064 of 2402 people found this useful
What do you want out of a monitor???
I've read through a bunch of reviews for this monitor and let me first point out the common complaints. One, it's too glossy. Two I've read through a bunch of reviews for this monitor and let me first point out the common complaints. One, it's too glossy. Two, USB ports aren't 3.0. Three, thunderbolt connection to my laptop doesn't work the way I want. And forth, I can't adjust the screen the way I want. My review is: I'm using this with a Mac Mini and I've had none of those issues. Works great!. If you want something else don't buy this and buy someone else's monitor with mini Displayport. …
- Written by Kenneth Z from Las Vegas
3 of 3 people found this useful
The power supply has failed TWICE already on this screen and now the LCD itself has also gone bad. I took it ti the ishop to be r The power supply has failed TWICE already on this screen and now the LCD itself has also gone bad. I took it ti the ishop to be repaired for the second time and naturally now it is out of warranty so they wanted almost $2000 to repair a screen that I can buy new for $999!! Totally ridiculous and unreliable. …
- Written by Anthony C from Short Hills
11 of 14 people found this useful
I have had my Thunderbolt Display for several months now, and I am still blown away by it. I thought that I may be disappointed b I have had my Thunderbolt Display for several months now, and I am still blown away by it. I thought that I may be disappointed by the fact that it wasn't a "retina" display. However, that couldn't be farther from the truth. I think that the picture is beautiful, couldn't ask for a better display in my opinion. I use it with both my MacBook Pro and Mac mini. Its wonderful for multitasking. Mine is on 24/7 and I have not had a single issue with it. …
- Written by Kyle D from Cornelius
7 of 7 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
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
Does the display monitor come with a key board and track pad?
- Asked by Srinivas T from Salt Lake City
- Jan 24, 2015
That's a "no" to both. You just get the display, and both the keyboard and trackpad are to be purch That's a "no" to both. You just get the display, and both the keyboard and trackpad are to be purchase separately. I purchased my 27" Apple Thunderbolt Display as an addition to my 27" iMac 5K with Retina Display, because I needed a 2nd display for "working from home" purposes. Even without the keyboard or the trackpad, the 27" Thunderbolt Display is a great buy. …
- Answered by Dennis M from Philadelphia
- Jan 28, 2015
which operating system does it run and which version of quicktime does it use?
- Asked by Anonymous
- Feb 13, 2014
It's a monitor (not an iMac, though it does look similar). It doesn't have it's own operating system 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
- Feb 14, 2014
Is AppleCare available for the Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch)?
- Asked by David K from Anchorage
- Jan 11, 2013
Yes, AppleCare is available for this display. It is $99.
- Answered by Gabriella M from Bradford
- Jan 25, 2013
Can I use my 2010 late Macbook Pro connect to Apple Thunderbolt 27' display?
- Asked by Kevin C from Richmondhill
- Dec 17, 2012
No, you cannot. The late 2010's do not have a Thunderbolt port, so this display will not work. Apple No, you cannot. The late 2010's do not have a Thunderbolt port, so this display will not work. Apple makes a normal display called the LED Cinema Display. It is identical to the Thunderbolt version and runs on normal Mini Display port that works with all computers. …
- Answered by Sam D from Grayslake
- May 19, 2013