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Apple Unveils New Thunderbolt-Enabled Cinema Display

by Emily Price | July 20, 2011July 20, 2011 6:15 am PDT

Apple unveiled its new Cinema Display this morning, the “World’s First Thunderbolt Display.” The 27-inch display can connect to any Thunderbolt-enabled Mac with one cable that allows you to “access its FaceTime camera, high quality audio, and Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire® 800, USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt ports. Designed specifically for Mac notebooks, the new display features an elegant, thin, aluminum and glass enclosure, and includes a MagSafe connector that charges your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.”

“The Apple Thunderbolt Display is the ultimate docking station for your Mac notebook,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With just one cable, users can dock with their new display and connect to high performance peripherals, network connections and audio devices.”

The display is the first to include Thunderbolt connections, which allow for data transfers up to 10Gbps. Thunderbolt-enabled Macs can drive up two displays at a time daisy-chained together, offering considerably more screen space than is available on just the laptop. The display also has an ambient light sensor, which adjusts the brightness of the display for the brightness of the room to cut down on energy costs and maximize viewing in different conditions.

You can pick up one of the new Cinema Display’s “within the next 60 days” at your local Apple Store or Apple Authorized Reseller for $999.


Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...

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