Apple has unveiled its Thunderbolt Display, the world’s first monitor with Thunderbolt I/O technology and “the ultimate docking station for your Mac notebook”. The new Thunderbolt Display will be available in the UK within the next 60 days for a suggested retail price of £899 inc VAT (£749.17 ex VAT).
The Apple Thunderbolt Display requires a Mac with a Thunderbolt I/O port. “With just a single cable, users can connect a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac to the 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display and access its FaceTime camera, high quality audio, and Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800, USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt ports,” an Apple spokesoman said. “Designed specifically for Mac notebooks, the new display features an elegant, thin, aluminum and glass enclosure, and includes a MagSafe connector that charges your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.”
The Thunderbolt Display has a 16:9 edge-to-edge glass design and 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 system.
The display includes a built-in FaceTime HD video camera for video conferencing, a 2.1 speaker system, 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 world’s first 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,” the spokesman added.
“Thunderbolt-based Macs with discrete graphics can drive two external displays giving professional users over seven 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 display also 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.