Apple Thunderbolt Display for MacBook Pro & Air: Specs & Price

If you’re an enthusiast of Apple products it’s an exciting day as we have recently heard of the official release of Mac OS X Lion and the refreshed MacBook Air. On top of that news that everybody was waiting for, Apple has also detailed a new 27-inch Thunderbolt Display for use with MacBook Pro and Air’s and it’s looking pretty impressive.

When the MacBook Pro was refreshed earlier in the year and Thunderbolt technology was introduced we wondered how long it would take before we saw some really excellent Thunderbolt peripherals arriving. Now that the new MacBook Airs are also confirmed with Thunderbolt it’s a great time for Apple to introduce this new display, described as the “ultimate docking station,” by Apple. Richard Lawler over on Engadget, describes the world’s first Thunderbolt Display as having a 2560 x 1440 resolution 16:9 aspect ratio display, connector and integrated 2.1-speaker audio system.

Other features and specs include an ambient light sensor, FaceTime HD camera built-in with Mic, FireWire 800 port, 3 USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and the standout feature, a DisplayPort hookup for daisy-chaining 6 high-speed devices in total. The display also features a MagSafe connector for charging your MacBook Pro or Air. Don Reisinger over on Cnet describes the use of Thunderbolt technology in simple terms by saying it “allows for simultaneous data and video throughput with the ultimate goal of simplifying connections to external devices.”

Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, said, “With just one cable, users can dock with their new display and connect to high performance peripherals, network connections and audio devices.” The Thunderbolt 27-inch display has a glass and aluminum enclosure, which looks pretty stylish, and a 178-degree viewing angle. In the Apple press release, which you can also see on the Engadget link above, it tells us that there are “two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to an amazing 10Gbps each.”

If you want one of these beauties the price is $999 and it will be released within the next 60 days according to Apple, but remember you’ll need a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac. We’d like to hear your thoughts on the upcoming Apple Thunderbolt Display. Do you think the price is reasonable considering its specs, or not? Are you intending to purchase the Thunderbolt Display and if so maybe you’re considering the new MacBook Air as well? Let us know by sending us your comments.

  • Anonymous

    This is so exciting, I have been waiting for the new screens to come out. They NOW HAVE A MATTE OPTION!!! I am going to buy two! I, and about 46% of computer users have been demanding, and/or need a Matte option to use our computers… I have been holding out for years to upgrade, since they only where selling “Mirrored” glossy amateur hour kiddy screens….

    I love Mac, I knew they would correct this big problem and offer a MATTE OPTION!!! WeeeeeeEEE! Can’t wait, maybe get a new Mac tower with my two new screens as well!!