Apple has released a new model of it’s Cinema Display and added Thunderbolt support.
The Apple Thunderbolt Display is a 16:9 widescreen with 2560 x 1440 resolution. It includes a Thunderbolt connection turning the display in a hub with 1 FireWire 800, 3 USB 2.0, 1 Gigabit Ethernet and an additional Thunderbolt port to connect a second display.
The Apple Thunderbolt Display is available at the Apple Store for $999.
Here is Apple’s press release:
Apple Introduces Worldâ€™s First Thunderbolt Display
CUPERTINO, Californiaâ€”July 20, 2011â€”AppleÂ® today unveiled the new Apple Thunderbolt Display, the worldâ€™s first display with Thunderbolt I/O technology and the ultimate docking station for your MacÂ® notebook. With just a single cable, users can connect a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac to the 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display and access its FaceTimeÂ® camera, high quality audio, and Gigabit Ethernet, FireWireÂ® 800, USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt ports. Designed specifically for Mac notebooks, the new display features an elegant, thin, aluminum and glass enclosure, and includes a MagSafeÂ® connector that charges your MacBookÂ® Pro or MacBook AirÂ®.
â€œThe Apple Thunderbolt Display is the ultimate docking station for your Mac notebook,â€ said Philip Schiller, Appleâ€™s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. â€œWith just one cable, users can dock with their new display and connect to high performance peripherals, network connections and audio devices.â€
With a beautiful 16:9 edge-to-edge glass design, the Thunderbolt Display uses IPS technology to provide a brilliant image across an ultra wide 178 degree viewing angle. Any Thunderbolt-enabled Mac notebook can dock with the display to quickly and easily create a full-fledged desktop solution. The Thunderbolt Display includes a built-in FaceTime HD video camera for crisp video conferencing, a 2.1 speaker system for high quality audio, an integrated MagSafe charger to keep Mac notebooks charged, three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, one Gigabit Ethernet port and a Thunderbolt port for daisy chaining up to five additional Thunderbolt devices.
The Thunderbolt Display is the worldâ€™s first display to include Thunderbolt I/O technology. Featuring two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to an amazing 10Gbps each, each Thunderbolt port delivers PCI Express directly to external peripherals such as high performance storage and RAID arrays, supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays. Thunderbolt-based Macs with discrete graphics can drive two external displays giving professional users over 7 million additional pixels of display real estate and the ability to daisy chain additional Thunderbolt devices, as well as video and audio capture devices.
The Thunderbolt Display includes an ambient light sensor which automatically adjusts the display brightness based on external lighting conditions and uses only as much energy as necessary to provide an optimum viewing experience. Made with mercury-free LED technology, arsenic-free glass and highly recyclable materials, the new display meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements and achieves EPEAT Gold status.* The new display contains no brominated flame retardants and all cables and components are PVC-free.
Pricing & Availability
The new Thunderbolt Display will be available within the next 60 days through the Apple StoreÂ® (www.apple.com), Appleâ€™s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $999 (US). The Apple Thunderbolt Display requires a Mac with a Thunderbolt I/O port.
*EPEAT is an independent organization that helps customers compare the environmental performance of notebooks and desktops. For more information visit www.epeat.net.
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