Apple Displays FAQ – All information, tech specs

Apple Inc. sold a wide variety of computer displays through the history of the company. Its manufacture history of displays began in 1980 (Apple recommended users third party monochrome monitors before that date). You’ll find here the most frequently asked questions and answers about Apple displays.

Apple Displays FAQ

What Effects Big Displays Cause?

Answer: Many users can benefit from a large display. According to Mark Hattersley (Mac Secrets, Wiley Publishing, Inc., p. 7) curiously enough, back in 2005, Pfeiffer Consulting tested the Apple 30-inch Cinema HD display against a 17-inch display in a number of tasks. Their report found that working on a 30-inch display doubled productivity when using applications such as word processing or spreadsheet editing. The 20-inch display tripled productivity when using design programs such as Adobe Photoshop. Thus spending the extra money on a large display can pay for itself.

What are the system requirements for Thunderbolt Display?

Answer: To use Apple Thunderbolt Display Thunderbolt you’ll need a capable computer with the software and firmware updates for Thunderbolt-capable Mac: OS X v10.6.8 Snow Leopard or later. For using Thunderbolt Display in Boot Camp, you’ll need a Thunderbolt-capable Mac, the latest software and firmware updates for Thunderbolt-capable computers.”

Do all Thunderbolt cables work with older Thunderbolt devices?

Answer: Yes. All Thunderbolt cables work with Thunderbolt 2 and older Thunderbolt ports and devices.

Which Mac models are Thunderbolt Display capable?

Answer: The following Macs have Thunderbolt ports and can thus be connected to Thunderbolt Display: MacBook Pro Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012 and later; MacBook Pro Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2012 and later; MacBook Pro 13-inch, Early 2011 and later; MacBook Pro 15-inch, Early 2011 and later; MacBook Air 11-inch, Mid 2011 and later; MacBook Air 13-inch, Mid 2011 and later; Mac mini Mid 2011 and later; iMac Mid 2011 and later; Mac Pro Late 2013.

Which Mac models are Thunderbolt 2 Display capable?

Answer: The following Macs can be used with Thunderbolt 2 Display: MacBook Air 13-inch, Early 2015; iMac Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014; Mac mini Late 2014; MacBook Pro Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013 and later; MacBook Pro Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013 and later; Mac Pro Late 2013.

What OS is best to operate Thunderbolt?

Answer: To get the best performance from your Thunderbolt, make sure your Apple Mac is running OS X v10.6.8 or later.

How can I install and update for the latest software?

Answer: To install software updates choose Software Update from the Apple menu. A list of available updates will appear. Install Thunderbolt specific updates among the other updates. You can also install Thunderbolt firmware for the Mac and Thunderbolt Firmware for the display.

Will my Thunderbolt Display be affected if I reinstall OS X on my Mac?

Answer: You must disconnect any Thunderbolt devices befor starting the installation of OS X. However, an exception exists: if a Thunderbolt display is connected to a Mac mini leave it connected. After the installation, run Software Update and apply all OS X updates before reconnecting any Thunderbolt devices.

Apple Cinema Display 27-inch

Can I use the Thunderbolt port to supply power to connected devices?

Answer: Yes, you can. A Thunderbolt Display is connected to an AC power outlet (or it is on battery power), and through its port the device supplies power to connected devices. It is recommended to connect all the devices which have their own power supplies in order to achieve optimal functionality. Note that if you are using Thunderbolt devices that get their power only from the Thunderbolt bus, battery will drain more quickly on devices running on battery power.

Do I need Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable?

Answer: Apple Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable allows users to connect Thunderbolt devices. To connect Thunderbolt-equipped iMac’s use Target Display Mode, and to connect other Thunderbolt Apple computers use Target Disk Mode.

When I have a Mac connected to Thunderbolt Device, do other devices connected to that Mac become active on it?

Answer: No. The additional devices do not chain in this case and they become peripherals for the Mac.

What the Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter is for?

Answer: This adapter lets you connect Gigabit Ethernet devices to your Mac through the Thunderbolt port.

What the Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter is for?

Answer: This adapter lets you connect FireWire devices to your Mac through the Thunderbolt port.

Will Apple’s Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable, Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire Adapter, or Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter work when plugged into another port?

Answer: No, these accessories require a Thunderbolt port to function even they fit in a Mini-DisplayPort connector. They will not be recognized.

Are Thunderbolt 2 devices compatible with an older Thunderbolt port?

Answer: Generally, yes. Thunderbolt 2 Macs and peripherals are backwards compatible with older Thunderbolt devices. However, we recommend to read user’s manual provided by the device manufacturer for each device.

Can I mix Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 cables and devices?

Answer: Yes. All Thunderbolt cables work with Thunderbolt 2 and older Thunderbolt ports and devices.

Links

Apple Thunderbolt Display Review (with Setup & Demo) [Video]

Published on September 22, 2011 by the Jonathan Morrison.

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