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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:22 pm    Post subject: Apple Posts Thunderbolt Display Connection Options Reply with quote

Apple Posts Thunderbolt Display Connection Options
Friday, September 16, 2011
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Apple has posted a new support document that outlines the connection options for the Apple Thunderbolt Display with Thunderbolt-enabled Macs. Down below is a list from the support document indicating how many Thunderbolt displays can be connected to each of these machines.

- Mac mini (Mid 2011): Two Thunderbolt displays. The Mac mini with AMD graphics can also support a HDMI compatible device on its HDMI port when using two Thunderbolt displays.

- iMac (Mid 2011 and Late 2011): Two Thunderbolt displays. The iMac (27-inch, Mid 2011) with two Thunderbolt ports supports a total of two Thunderbolt displays regardless of which Thunderbolt port each display is connected to.

- MacBook Air (Mid 2011): One Thunderbolt display.

- MacBook Pro (Early 2011): Two Thunderbolt displays. Connecting a second Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch) to a 13-inch MacBook Pro will make the screen on the MacBook Pro turn black. This is expected behavior.

Apple also notes in the support document that users are unable to daisy-chain a Mini DisplayPort display off the Apple Thunderbolt Display.



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not that I can afford two Thunderbolt displays, but I so wish the Mac mini server had Radeon graphics. Being able to throw one more display in the mix would be such a trip.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool stuff, but what I find even cooler is that the Thunderbolt Display provides Firewire and USB though the display itself while only having a single Thunderbolt cable connected to the computer. It's amazing.

This allows a MacBook Air awesome expansion capability.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
Cool stuff, but what I find even cooler is that the Thunderbolt Display provides Firewire and USB though the display itself while only having a single Thunderbolt cable connected to the computer. It's amazing.

It truly is amazing. I've read that Belkin has a Thunderbolt-based hub coming out that offers USB, FireWire, and Ethernet ports. It also has a pass-through port with Thunderbolt.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow only one display for the macbook air i sure hope they figure out how to do two displays soon or people are not going to be interested in a 999.00 laptop that only uses one display.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

macmanmacman wrote:
Wow only one display for the macbook air i sure hope they figure out how to do two displays soon or people are not going to be interested in a 999.00 laptop that only uses one display.


The % Air customers who will be concerned will be extremely minor. My guess is products like Matrox Dual Head 2 Go will support multiple displays through Thunderbolt.

I have never yet had an Air customer even ask if it will support multiple displays.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It really blows my mind that one port has the bandwidth to handle all of these other devices and ports at once. It's impressive technology.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

g5g5 wrote:
It really blows my mind that one port has the bandwidth to handle all of these other devices and ports at once. It's impressive technology.


Agreed. Now if Apple could start putting USB 3 on it's machines as well, we'd have a home run.
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