Since last week we’ve been eagerly awaiting the official announcement from Apple with regards to their all new Thunderbolt Displays and today, the Cupertino based company has unveiled just that. Enter the world’s first display with Thunderbolt I/O technology and what could be the ultimate docking station for your Mac notebook. With 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. Designed specifically for Mac notebooks, the new display features an elegant, thin, aluminium and glass enclosure and includes a MagSafe connector that charges your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.
Is this gorgeous or what!
With a 16:9 edge-to-edge glass design, the Thunderbolt Display uses IPS technology to provide better image quality 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 video conferencing, a 2.1 speaker system, an integrated MagSafe charger for charging your Mac notebook, 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.
It also features two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to 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.
This new generation 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. 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 (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool ) Gold status. The new display contains no brominated flame retardants and all cables and components are PVC-free.
Daisy chaining displays
The new Thunderbolt Display will be available within the next 60 days through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of Rs 56,900 inc VAT. The Apple Thunderbolt Display requires a Mac with a Thunderbolt I/O port.