Questions & Answers for Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch)
247 Questions from the Community
Will the computer charge as you are connected to the thunderbolt display
- Asked by Arline & Billye G from Albuquerque
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Yes it will charge as there is a magsafe connection built into the display!
- Answered by Alex G from La Canada Flintridge
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I have a new MacBook Air. Can you connect 2 thunderbolt displays to a macbook air
- Asked by Ryan S from Manhattan Beach
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Yes you can. You plug one of the displays into the Air, and daisy chain the other display off of the first display. Works like a dream - I have that configuration at work.
- Answered by Andrzej B
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What are the USB ports and Ethernet port on Thunderbolt Displays used for?
So my question is, what all things I can connect to Thunderbolt display's USB ports?
If I connect a thumb drive, will it be accessible? (on mac mini if its connected to thunderbolt display)
If I have connected a Mac mini's thunderbolt port to Thunderbolt display, and for Internet access if I connect LAN cable to Ethernet port of Thunderbolt display, will I get internet connection on my mac mini?
- Asked by Vaibhav D from Pune
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The Thunderbolt display acts like a hub so the Thunderbolt ports and USB 2.0 ports are connected to the host computer in addition to any existing USB ports. The ethernet port in the display becomes a second ethernet port called "Display Ethernet" and if internet is available on this port, this service will become primary. The same goes for the Firewire 800 port. The main purpose of this is that you can connect ethernet and other peripherals and leave them connected and only the thunderbolt cable is needed to access all these devices. Also note that the captive thunderbolt cable is not necessarily required to connect to the display and all these ports. You can instead use any regular thunderbolt cable, which is reassurance should something go wrong with this cable with all the bending, inserting and removing going on on a regular basis.
- Answered by Robert C
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Will this work with the new usbc 12 inch macbook?
- Asked by Bradley B
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If you have a small port on your MacBook Pro with a lightning bolt symbol then your computer should work fine with the Thunderbolt Display.
If you're still unsure, search for the Apple KB article titled "Macs that can be used with the Thunderbolt Display".
- Answered by Julian B
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The Mid 2012 macbook air do support 2 thunderbolt displays:
Thunderbolt-capable Macs that can support up to two connected Apple Thunderbolt Displays.
MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Pro (15-inch and 17-inch, Early 2011) and later
MacBook Air (Mid 2012)
iMac (Mid 2011)2
Mac mini (Mid 2011), 2.5 GHz3
- Answered by Colin F from Dublin
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I got a raspberry Pi for christmas- If you don't know what it is it is a aRM GNU/Lunix box
Anyways I need a monitor and I have been thinking about getting a thunderbolt display for my 2011 MBP 15" and was hoping to kinda kill 2 birds with one stone here....
The Raspberry Pi connects via HDMI and I know you can get a thunderbolt to HDMI cable so would this work????
It is an expensive monitor so if it won't work I will just have to buy a samsung or similar >_<
- Asked by Nick K from Kew
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NO! This won't work! Don't buy this display expecting it to work with your Raspberry Pi, or for that matter ANY OTHER DEVICE that doesn't have a native Thunderbolt port on board.
You cannot convert a video signal TO Thunderbolt.
And you cannot add Thunderbolt output to a system that doesn't have it supported on the motherboard.
Converters and adapters only go the other way TB -> HDMI / VGA / DVI etc. Thus allow connecting a TB Mac (or PC) to a non TB display.
You *might* be able to get your Raspberry Pi working with the Mini Display Port version of this display, the "Apple LED Cinema Display (27" flat panel)".
You'll need an adapter: I believe the Belkin AV360 adapter might work for you (but i've not used it personally).
- Answered by Alex K from Wells
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Calibration of Thunderbolt display in conjunction with Macbook Pro Retina
I have a Spyder3Elite monitor calibrator and I wanted to make sure that I would be able to achieve closely matched calibration of a Thunderbolt display and a Macbook Pro Retina (15").
Can you explain any settings that should be configured on one or the other to get equivalent colour results?
Has Apple tested calibrating Thunderbolt displays with MBP Retinas using any of the Spyder calibrators (or other brands)?
We have an older 27" iMac that is nicely calibrated and we want to make sure that the MBP Retina and Thunderbolt combination will be able to achieve the same results for photo editing as the old iMac.
- Asked by Sarah O from Newtown
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I have the same setup as you describe, Macbook Pro Retina 15" and TBD. Using the Spyder4Pro calibrator I get a exact match of the displays using the standard calibration process. The only caution I have is to make sure your ambient light measurement is the same when doing the calibration otherwise you may get a slight difference. I rarely use the Retina display for photoediting so it is more important to me to get a good calibration on the TBD.
- Answered by Warren M from Calgary
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Can I use this display safely in the UK? Do I need any extra equipment?
I purchased this (or a similar model) in 2012. I have recently relocated to the UK. I want to know what I need in order to safely operate this display in the UK?
Do I need a simple outlet adapter, or will I need a Voltage Transformer?
- Asked by Meghan E M from New York
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Yes. It'll work fine.
All Apple power supplies work from 110V through 240V
- Answered by Glenn G
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Can a Thunderbolt display switch between two computers?
Can a Thunderbolt display switch between two computers?
If a Thunderbolt display is the primary display for a Mac Mini, is it possible for the display to switch to a MacBook Air? Without necessarily pulling the Thunderbolt connection from the Mac Mini? (Extra credit if this means the two machines could share the same USB-connected keyboard and mouse, via the same display?)
- Asked by Marc Y from Stony Brook
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The display has a thunderbolt cable AND a thunderbolt port. If you connect an iMac to the cable and a mac book pro or mac book air with an optional thunderbolt cable connected to the port then you can use 2 sources. HOWEVER in order to switch displays you either need to shut down or disconnect the computer using the monitor i.e. the display "remembers" the active port and will only switch if this original source is turned off or disconnected.
I use my iMac in dual display mode but if I connect my MBA and turn off the iMac, the MBA can use the extra display AND the extra USB and ethernet port (and be charged at the same time). I do not have a USB keyboard but suspect the two machines could share the same keyboard and mouse since the ports seem to move with the display source.
- Answered by Chris E
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If I daisy chain two Thunderbolt Displays, can I do two different tasks at the same time?
For example, on the first display I would like to open up a Word file and work on it while the other display is in Excel.
- Asked by Roderick E from Wilmington
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Yes. Mac OS X Mavericks makes this especially easy. Of course you do have to have a computer that supports the 2 Thunderbolt displays.
- Answered by Ben K from Atlanta
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Can you daisy chain two thunderbolt displays to macbook air?
- Asked by Kevin C from Northport
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No, unfortunately not
- Answered by Andrew J
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When connected to a MacBook pro, how do you turn everything on?
Basically I have a laptop pro stand so the display will be on top with the MacBook stored under. Do I have to pull it all apart and open the laptop just to turn it on every time? I didn't see a power button on the display or anything...
- Asked by Jordan P from Bonne Terre
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What is the height INCLUDING the stand?
- Asked by Mary B from Redmond
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Height: 19.35 inches (49.1 cm) including the stand.
- Answered by James H from Portland
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Can i connect my iPad to my Apple Thunderbolt Display? Which adapter do I need? I'd like to stream content on my iPad to the thunderbolt display.Best Answer:
As far as I know there are no iPad dock - Thunderbolt display adaptors. You may be able to daisy-chain an iPad dock - HDMI then HDMI - Thunderbolt but its a long shot. The official and reasonable answer would be no :)
Likely not. I've just talked with an Apple store to see if I could connect the previous generation display, a Cinema display (that was connected to a Thunderbolt port) to a Thunderbolt display and they said no. They claim to have tested it in the store as well. So, if a device like a Cinema display won't function off the Thunderbolt port on a Thunderbolt display (which normally works fine off the Thunderbolt port on the Mac) then I suspect a mini display to DVI adapter would suffer the same fate. Rather surprises me though. Thanks DeerPark Apple for testing it out first!
- Answered by Robert C from Algonquin
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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
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