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Old Jan 14, 2013, 12:12 PM   #1
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Apple Thunderbolt Display Supplies Begin Running Short at Third-Party Resellers




AppleInsider notes that inventories of the Apple Thunderbolt Display have begun running short at third-party resellers such as Amazon and MacMall, perhaps providing the first hints of an upcoming redesign. The display remains in stock at the company's online stores, but shortages tend to show up at third-party retailers first as Apple prioritizes shrinking supplies for its own outlets.

One of the most significant changes likely to make an appearance in a redesigned Apple Thunderbolt Display is the adoption of the thinner profile and new display assembly process seen in the company's latest iMac. The current Apple Thunderbolt Display borrows heavily from the previous generations of the 27-inch iMac, and thus it seems reasonable to assume that some of the iMac design changes such as new lamination procedures to make the display thinner and more vibrant will make their way to the standalone display.

But with that lamination process leading to shortages of the 27-inch displays used in the iMacs, an issue expected to persist until next month, Apple may hold off on introducing a new standalone display for the time being in order to prioritize the iMac.

Other changes likely to appear in an updated display are a move to USB 3.0 ports, which have become standard on Mac products, and the inclusion of a MagSafe 2 port for charging Mac notebooks. The current Apple Thunderbolt Display still uses the original MagSafe design for power passthrough, with Apple bundling a MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter to provide compatibility for owners of newer Mac notebooks.

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Old Jan 14, 2013, 12:16 PM   #2
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Heres hoping they'll introduce sensible pricing points... (Over everything else).
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 12:19 PM   #3
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Heres hoping they'll introduce sensible pricing points... (Over everything else).

699 is fair for this monitor
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 12:21 PM   #4
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699 is fair for this monitor
$699 would be a steal for this monitor.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 12:28 PM   #5
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$699 would be a steal for this monitor.
No, I think $700 would be a very reasonable price. It's really nice to have a dock and a 27" screen bundled into one, but the fact that it is only compatible with Thunderbolt Macs severely limits its utility.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 12:31 PM   #6
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No, I think $700 would be a very reasonable price. It's really nice to have a dock and a 27" screen bundled into one, but the fact that it is only compatible with Thunderbolt Macs severely limits its utility.
$699 Thunderbolt Display = $250 iPad Mini = Not gonna happen from Apple
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 12:47 PM   #7
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 12:48 PM   #8
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i hope, so i can get my hands on one or two
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 12:50 PM   #9
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If they added even a single HDMI input, I would buy a Thunderbolt display immediately at its current cost or even slightly higher.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 12:51 PM   #10
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How awesome would it be if Apple started putting in graphics cards in these displays? Obviously it would have to be a build option when ordering online. The idea of being able to get iMac graphics capabilities in MacBooks seems like a great idea. Hell, even iMac owners could benefit from it, assuming Apple could get SLI/Cross-fire functionality.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 12:58 PM   #11
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No, I think $700 would be a very reasonable price. It's really nice to have a dock and a 27" screen bundled into one, but the fact that it is only compatible with Thunderbolt Macs severely limits its utility.
Why would they lower their profit margin just because they use a superior and more expensive connectivity? It's not their problem if the PC industry has no interest in Thunderbolt. It still is the most elegant solution you can get for a Mac, and as always, Apple choses elegancy over standards compliance. Having said that, I would still appreciate an HDMI input as well as the Thunderbolt cable, but I definitely wouldn't trade the Thunderbolt cable for an HDMI input.

Take a look at other monitors using the same LG 27" 2560x1440 IPS panel, you'll see they cost the same while being made out of plastic and having no webcam, no speakers, no FireWire/Thunderbolt/Ethernet hub, no charger for your laptop and a lower resale value.

If on top of that Apple is the first one to deliver that same great panel but this time laminated to glass, it'll be even better for the price.

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Old Jan 14, 2013, 01:08 PM   #12
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Can't wait for a longer cable. Or some kind of compatibility with more models.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 01:09 PM   #13
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I've been waiting for an updated Thunderbolt display since buying my rMBP. Currently got it hooked up to a couple of Samsung Syncmaster 24" displays, but they are pretty old and have a very slight yellow tint that you really notice next to the rMBP.

Only reason I didn't bite the bullet and buy the Thunderbolt display was because of its crap range of features. USB 2.0, only 1 TB port, etc. For it's price I'd like to see 2 thunderbolt ports and at least 3 USB 3.0 ports.

A price drop would be welcomed too!

I couldn't give a crap about it being thin though - there really is zero point in even trying to call that a feature for a desktop monitor.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 01:23 PM   #14
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USB 2.0 was a major sticking point for me in buying a MacBook for my wife this last Christmas. She wants a MacBook to use mostly as a desktop replacement, but plans on keeping it on her desk most of the time with a Thunderbolt Display. I could not see buying a Thunderbolt Display with USB 2.0 when USB 3.0 was available on all the latest Macs. The MagSafe versus MagSafe-2 thing was a minor issue for me since the adaptor was available.

There is no adaptor to convert USB 2 to USB 3 speeds.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 01:32 PM   #15
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I own the current edition, and am not a professional user but wanted something to essentially serve as a docking port for my macbook.

The current version works well, I doubt the next edition will have retina but more likely will have usb 3 and slight other enhancements. One thing I will add, perhaps just personal experience, but mine has failed twice in just over a year. The ports on the back stopped working and the sound no longer came out of the speakers. Both times the genius bar repaired it under warranty. While it's great that it was repaired for it to fail twice in one year is troubling. Hopefully others have a better experience or the new edition works better.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 01:38 PM   #16
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I would love a 27" thunderbolt display with USB 3 ports. However if they end up making it ultra thin like the new 27" iMacs I'm concerned they may end up having the image retention plagued LG panels as well. :|
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 01:50 PM   #17
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How about a freaking dedicated graphics card inside the display? Make better use of that Thunderbolt potential.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 02:00 PM   #18
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No, I think $700 would be a very reasonable price. It's really nice to have a dock and a 27" screen bundled into one, but the fact that it is only compatible with Thunderbolt Macs severely limits its utility.
I have a Lenovo D20 which I tested a current TB display on using one of the Quadro 4000 displayports. Worked fine. I replaced that TB display with an ASUS PB278Q which was $680, and have the TB connected again to a SB Mac Mini.

I also have a first generation TB (compatible) display running off of an older Gateway 6610/AMD FirePro 5800, again as a generic Displayport screen. It will be retired in favor of a Haswell Mac Mini running Parallels.

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Old Jan 14, 2013, 02:18 PM   #19
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My TBD is being delivered today. Hopefully the announcement comes before the return window closes.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 02:27 PM   #20
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My two gripes with the screen (I have the 27" ACD) is that there is NO power button (why o why) and the lack of connectors. On the connectors side it is quite obvious, all Macs use mDP, but connection to Windows based computers won't go easily.

My major gripe is the power button. Currently my ACD is connected to my iMac (and have different heights…) and there is no way to only turn off the ACD without pulling the plug…
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 02:35 PM   #21
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21.5" Thunderbolt Display would be epic, something that can be paired up with the 21.5" iMac nicely (even height, screen height, etc).
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 02:36 PM   #22
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Apple can go to hell holding me back.

I just went ahead and got the maxed out iMac ~ $2.8K

If you plan on getting a $1100 display and have the latest MacBook Air - like I did - I suggest you sell the Air for $1K.

That's $2.1K you can spend on the new iMac. In additional to $700 out of your pocket.

The idea was that the iMac is for work and gaming and the iPhone is for everything portable. Kind of how executives live.

Laptops are kind of a thing of the past and an unbalanced mean between workstation and phone/tablet.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 02:59 PM   #23
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No, I think $700 would be a very reasonable price. It's really nice to have a dock and a 27" screen bundled into one, but the fact that it is only compatible with Thunderbolt Macs severely limits its utility.
Severely? Last I checked, every Mac from 2011 on have Thunderbolt. Most who want to buy a $IK Thunderbolt Display probably aren't going to bat an eye dropping $600 on a Mac Mini.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 03:14 PM   #24
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I consider the TBD one of the best investments I've made recently ... I think I paid $909 plus tax at Adorama in NYC.

For my money, I'll skip the needlessly-thin 27" iMac and upgrade my TBD when the new one is released. Of course, if Apple drops the price $100, cuts the glare and adds USB 3, I won't complain. I'll miss my FW800 drives, but I imagine FW800 is done for in the next iteration.

To those who think the TBD is priced too high, I offer some sage advice: Buy a Dell! The TBD is proof one gets what one pays for.
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Heres hoping they'll introduce sensible pricing points... (Over everything else).
Thread should have been closed right there. There isn't anything wrong with this display save for the lack of USB 3.0.

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$1000 isn't outlandish for an IPS display running at 2560x1400. Competitors are in the $7-800s, without ports and docking ability.
The other models do have ports, but some don't have LED, ethernet or Firewire 800. That's where the beauty of the thing comes in.
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