Apple today launched three of its products with Thunderbolt support. One of them being 27 inch LED display. Apple has now renamed the 27” Cinema display to call it 27” Thunderbolt display.
Thunderbolt display now comes equipped with a thunderbolt port in addition to the other ports USB, Firewire 800 and ethernet port that were available on Cinema display. It is possible to connect up to six devices to each Thunderbolt port. It supports two channels of 10-Gbps throughput in both direction. Apple claims it to be 12 times faster than firewire 800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0
Thunderbolt display also includes a MagSafe connector that can power your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air straight from the device. By doing so, it would not only help charge the device but also ensure that there are not too many loose cables around.
The LED backlighting takes no time to brighten up. This means, no waiting time after you turn on your Thunderbold display. It is practially instant on and ready to go as soon as you connect a device to it. The display features a cinematic 16:9 aspect ratio with 2650 x 1440 resolution.
It comes with built in FaceTime HD camera and microphone. You can choose to use the camera and microphone in place of the connected Mac desktop or notebook. This is possible even with the notebook in closed state.
System requirement to connect to this display is a Thunderbolt enable Mac device computer including MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini and iMac that runs Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.