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 (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).


Apple Thunderbolt Display: Unboxing & Review [Video]

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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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