what is the difference between the thunderbolt display and the cinema display?

Apple Thunderbolt Display (27" flat panel)

Apple Thunderbolt Display (27" flat panel)

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  • Best Answer:

    The differences between the two are:

    Cinema display needs 3 connections to work, Thunderbolt display uses 2.

    Cinema display works with Mini Display port, Thunderbolt display only works with Thunderbolt port.

    cinema display has 3 USB 2.0 ports on the back, the thunderbolt display has 3 USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800, an additional Thunderbolt port and an ethernet port.

    apart from that, they look identical, have the same screen resolution and cost exactly the same.

  • The Thunderbolt display connects through ONLY its built in thunderbolt cable. The equivalent LCD display (non-thunderbolt) is very similar but for older Macs or PCs without thunderbolt. The actual display (screen) is the same.

  • Thunderbolt display powers the following internal connections:
    Speakers
    Thunderbolt port - IN
    Gigabit Ethernet
    3 USBx2.0 ports
    FireWire 800 Port

    Very handy and future use display.
    (PS: I'm looking forward to the revision of the Thunderbolt display to incorporate its own Video Card).