What is the differnce between the Apple LED Cinema Display (27" flat panel) and the Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch)?

I have a 2010 MacbbokPro without Thunderbolt.


- Does the Thunderbolt port provide superior data transfer rates to the other ports? I presume the answer is "yes"
- If in future I upgrade to a new MacbookPro with Thunderbolt, can the Cinema Display (currently with only USB ports) also be upgraded to accept Thunderbolt? I suspect the answer is "no"

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  • Best Answer:

    You cannot use a Thunderbolt display with a non-Thunderbolt Mac.
    If you do not have a Thunderbolt equipped Mac, do not buy the Thunderbolt display. I recently bought an MBA (with Tbolt) and the Thunderbolt display, not realizing that the display is completely, 100% incompatible with the recent but not thunderbolt equipped MacBook Pro I also have.