Thunderbolt Display (2011)


At A Glance

Thunderbolt Display

Retailing at US$999, the 2011 Thunderbolt Display was the first Apple display to incorporate Thunderbolt I/O technology to move data between devices and computers speeds of up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800. The display itself was a huge 27-inch glossy widescreen display featuring a cinematic 16:9 aspect ratio and an astonishing 2560-by-1440 resolution. Read the full technical specifications over at the Apple website.

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Original Specifications


  • Display:
    • Resolution: 2560 by 1440 pixels
    • Colors (maximum): 16.7 million
    • Aspect ratio: 16:9
    • Viewing angle: 178 degrees horizontal, 178 degrees vertical
    • Brightness: 375 cd/m2
    • Contrast ratio: 1000:1
    • Response time: 12ms
  • Cables &amp Peripheral Connections:
    • Built-in Thunderbolt cable
    • Built-in Universal MagSafe cable (up to 85W)
    • Three powered USB 2.0 ports
    • FireWire 800 port
    • Gigabit Ethernet port
    • Thunderbolt port
    • Kensington security port


  • Audio and Video:
    • Built-in FaceTime HD camera with microphone
    • Built-in 2.1 speaker system (49 watts)
  • Electrical and Operating Requirements:
    • Input voltage: 100-240V AC; 50-60Hz
    • Maximum power: 250W (Thunderbolt Display while charging MacBook Pro)
    • Energy saver mode: 2W or less
    • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
    • Storage temperature: -4° to 116° F (-20° to 47° C)
    • Operating humidity: 20% to 80% noncondensing
    • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet


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