Alongside the launch of its latest MacBook Air and Mac mini back in July, Apple also announced a brand new Thunderbolt-capable Cinema Display. However, it’s no longer called the Cinema Display — it’s now the Thunderbolt Display — and it could be arriving in Apple stores by the end of this week.
According to a report from MacRumors, they have “received word” that Apple has now begun shipping the new display to its retail stores and authorized resellers. While we’re still yet to hear an official release date, we’d expect them to be available for purchase shortly.
To those of you who who have chosen to order online, there’s currently no news regarding shipping — and the Apple online store is still advertising a 2-3 week wait — but again, expect this to change imminently and keep an eye on your order status.
The new 27-inch Thunderbolt Display is the first to boast Intel’s new high-speed Thunderbolt technology, which is capable of transferring data through two channels at an impressive 10Gbps. That’s 20 times faster than USB 2.0, and 12 times faster than FireWire 800.
In addition to Thunderbolt technology, the display packs all the same features that were present with its predecessor, including a high-resolution 2560 x 1440 display, a FaceTime HD camera, a Gigabyte Ethernet port, and a MagSafe charger for your notebook.
The new display is also the same price as its predecessor at $999, so if you choose to purchase one from the Apple online store be warned: the old 27-inch Cinema Display is also still available, so make sure you order the newer model.
If you spot the new display in your local store, or your order starts shipping, let us know by leaving us a comment, or catch me on Twitter via @killianbell.