After the leak on Apple’s website last week that showed off a few Lion images and some all-new, Thunderbolt-equipped displays, it’s no real surprise that today’s product update included these dazzling new monitors. At 27-inches, and a resolution of 2560×1440, the panels inside of these displays might not have changed, but the tech to drive them surely has.
As the new Thunderbolt Displays come with Thunderbolt ports, it means that they can be attached to a single computer (like the new Thunderbolt-equipped Mac Mini) in a chain of up to six devices. Users will plug one monitor into the computer, then the next monitor, or hard drive array, or other high-speed peripheral, into the first monitor, and so on. Apple likes to say, “The fastest, most flexible I/O ever lets this display do things others simply can’t,” and for once, it’s not just hyperbole.
Like previous Cinema Display generations, the new models come with MagSafe attachments for powering MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs (the $999 MacBook has been discontinued) so that users don’t need to add an additional cord to the fray. These new displays also come with built-in HD webcams and microphones, known as FaceTime HD. While it’s clear that these displays are very media-friendly, Apple wanted to drive that point home – and so the Cinema Displays also come with a 49 watt speaker system built in, which includes an integrated subwoofer.
Like most notebooks and portable devices sold these days, the Thunderbolt Display has an ambient light sensor hidden inside a part of the surrounding bezel. It senses the light levels in the room and adjusts the backlight of the display accordingly. If you’re sitting in a bright, sunny office, the display will jack things up to maximum; if you’re working late at night with no other light sources, it’ll dial things way down.
Apple Cinema Display with Thunderbolt Specifications:
- Panel size: 27 inches (diagonally)
- Resolution: 2560×1440
- Pixel density: 110 pixels per inch
- Aspect ratio: 16:9
- Panel technology: IPS (In-Plane Switching)
- Brightness: 375 cd/m2
- Contrast ratio: 1000:1 (static)
- Response time: 12ms
- Viewing angle (horizontal): 178 degrees
- Viewing angle (vertical): 178 degrees
- Dimensions (with stand): 19.35 x 25.7 x 8.15 inches (HxWxD)
- Weight: 23.5 pounds
- Built-in HD webcam
- Built-in microphone
- Built-in 2.1 speakers
- Ports: Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800, USB 2.0 x3
- Apple Thunderbolt Display
- Built-in Thunderbolt cable
- Built-in 85W MagSafe cable
- AC power cable
- User manuals + documentation