Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-Inch)

Introduced in July 2011, and the discontinued in the summer of 2016, the Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch) is a companion to the Thunderbolt-featured Mac laptop only. It features a built-in Thunderbolt / MagSafe octopus cable, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a FireWire “800” port in addition to three USB 2.0 ports, an integrated FaceTime HD web-camera, a mic, and 2.1 speaker system with a subwoofer. The Thunderbolt / MagSafe cable can also charge the laptops, turning the display in a dock station.

Apple Thunderbolt Display: Unboxing & Review [Video]

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Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-Inch)

As to the image quality, the Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch) is identical to its predecessor, the Apple Cinema Display LED (27-inch). It shares the brightness, contrast, time response and pixels density parameters as well as the casing design.

Release Date

July 20, 2011.


  • Code name: Thunderbolt Display.
  • Frame material: Anodized Aluminum.
  • Display type: TFT LCD.
  • Display size: 27-inch.
  • Format: “wide-screen”.
  • Optimum resolution (in pixels): 2560 x 1440.
  • Supported Resolutions (in pixels): 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720.
  • DPI/PPI: 109.
  • Dot/Pixel pitch: N\A.
  • Max. display colors: 16.7 Million.
  • Viewing angle: 178 degrees horizontal, 178 degrees vertical.
  • Response time: 12 ms.
  • Brightness: 375 cd/m2.
  • Contrast ratio: 1000:1.
  • Ambient light sensor: Yes.
  • Built-in audio: 2.1.
  • Built-in camera: 750p FaceTime HD.
  • USB 2.0: 3.
  • Firewire: 1 (800).
  • Thunderbolt: a built-in Thunderbolt octopus cable.
  • DVI: No.
  • ADC: No.
  • Mini DisplayPort: Yes.
  • MagSafe: Yes.
  • Power: 250 W.
  • Supported MacOS: 10.6.8.
  • Dimensions: 19.35 x 25.7 x 8.15.
  • Average weight: 23.5 lbs.

Apple Models, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Model No: A1407.

Apple Order No: MC914LL/A.

Discontinued: June 23, 2016.

Original Price: $ 999.00.


  • MacBook Air owners can make up for the lacking an Ethernet port by plugging their laptop into the display.
  • The USB ports can charge an iPad, iPhone, or iPod, even without a computer attached. Yet, for synchronization between your portables and a computer you have to plug it in.

Detailed Information

apple cinema display 27 inch - Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-Inch)
Model IdentifierN/A
Model NumberA1407
Part NumberMC914
FamilyThunderbolt Display
Dimensions19.35 x 25.7 x 8.15 in
Weight23.5 pounds
Display Size27 inches
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  • The Apple Thunderbolt Display has a one-year limited warranty (which covers the backlights as well), but only 90 days of toll-free telephone support included.
  •  The Thunderbolt Display was introduced in July 2011. This 27-inch flat panel monitor is the only display currently marketed by Apple Inc.
  • The Apple Thunderbolt Display replaced the Apple Cinema Display, and is a member of a line of flat panel computer monitors developed and marketed by Apple Inc. (the first Cinema Display was released in September 1999, and was available in different sizes).



This post currently has 3 responses

  • You should outline differences Between Cinema Display and Thunderbolt Display. The IO cable is where things really change with the Thunderbol. Instead of a breakout of three cables as was the case with the Cinema Display, there are only two: MagSafe and Thunderbolt. The MagSafe connector remains unchanged. This feature alone is awesome for notebook-as-a-desktop users since it allows you to just keep your actual AC adapter tucked away in your travel bag. Given how expensive MagSafe adapters are, this is a nice feature for MacBook Air/Pro owners.

  • I use Thunderbolt 27″, no complaints, never failed, never disappointed, will use it for years to come I hope.

  • Would this monitor work with as an extra display for a 2010 or 2011 iMac with thunderbolt port or only with a MacBook?

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