Apple Thunderbolt Display Teardown Reveals Plethora of Hardware Inside

Discussion in 'MacRumors.com News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. MacRumors, Sep 28, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 28, 2011

    macrumors bot

    MacRumors

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2001
    #1
    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    iFixit has managed to get its hands on one of Apple's new Thunderbolt displays, subjecting it to one of the firm's usual thorough teardowns. iFixit was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to disassemble the new display, and upon opening found a considerable amount of hardware inside to support the display and the docking station functions included in the package.
    The display also includes an integrated 49-watt, 2.1-speaker sound system with a small 1-inch subwoofer, as well as a 720p FaceTime camera and integrated microphone.

    [​IMG]


    Thunderbolt port on logic board for accepting incoming connection
    As for the display itself, iFixit discovered an LG LM270WQ1 panel inside, the same as that used in Apple's Late 2009 27-inch iMac. Interestingly, the Thunderbolt cable carrying signal to the display is connected to an actual Thunderbolt port mounted on the logic board rather than hardwiring the cable directly to the logic board. The Thunderbolt cable is secured to the logic board port with a cover screwed down on top of the connector.

    We chatted with iFixit's Miro Djuric about the curious observation that Mini DisplayPort displays can not be daisy chained off of an Apple Thunderbolt Display unless another Thunderbolt device is placed between the two displays in the chain, but the teardown unfortunately does not reveal the source of this limitation.

    Some speculation has centered around the possibility that a single Thunderbolt controller chip may not have the ability to output the display signal required for both the included display panel and a connected Mini DisplayPort display panel. A separate Thunderbolt chip, such as one found in an intermediary peripheral device, may be required to generate the signal for the Mini DisplayPort panel at the end of the chain.

    Article Link: Apple Thunderbolt Display Teardown Reveals Plethora of Hardware Inside
     
  2. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2011
  3. macrumors 68000

    BillyBobBongo

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2007
    Location:
    On The Interweb Thingy!
    #3
  4. macrumors 6502a

    koruki

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2009
    Location:
    New Zealand
    #4
    People still calling it overpriced compared to the dell should think again. :cool: BTW I have the dell 27"
     
  5. macrumors regular

    Metal Dice

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2009
    Location:
    Denmark
    #5
    Well, you get what you pay for.
     
  6. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2006
    #6
    Really a bummer that Apple wouldn't put a third party USB 3 controller in this, it would have been just perfect.
     
  7. macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2010
    Location:
    USA
    #7
    They say that this display is the same display used in the 27" '09 iMac. Does that mean the 2010 and 2011 27" iMacs use a different display?
     
  8. macrumors 65816

    adcx64

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2008
    Location:
    Cudi Zone
    #8
    I love these tear downs
     
  9. macrumors G3

    Kilamite

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2007
    #9
    A lot of electronics but I still can't justify the price!

    I wish Apple would offer a lower-end display, 23" something that has Thunderbolt but no USB/Firewire hub.

    Impressive construction though.
     
  10. macrumors member

    Deflorator

    #10
    inside x outside

    Sometimes iWhatever inside looks better than the ,,competitors',, outside and I think this is the case.
     
  11. macrumors 604

    LimeiBook86

    Joined:
    May 4, 2002
    Location:
    Hanging around in NJ with his cutie. :)
    #11
    I'm wondering the same thing. *looks at his 27" 2011 iMac* :confused:
     
  12. macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2008
    #12

    Well if your just wanting to compare a monitor to a monitor I would agree with those other people, but that is not just a monitor.
     
  13. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2010
    #13
    That's the sexiest thing I've seen all day.
     
  14. macrumors demi-god

    Shrink

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2011
    Location:
    New England, USA
    #14
    Bad day!!! :eek: :rolleyes:
     
  15. macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2010
    Location:
    USA
    #15
    I think we're all just waiting anxiously for the new iPhone.
     
  16. macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2008
    #16
    Apple should really add MagSafe power connection to the Mini.
     
  17. macrumors 601

    BornAgainMac

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2004
    Location:
    Florida Resident
    #17
    That is a good idea. At least as an option. Maybe the next revision with USB 3 and other goodies.
     
  18. macrumors newbie

    toolongdays

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2008
    #18
    I'm curious as to the feasibility of having this display being sort of a chassis for future Apple products. If it were me I would use that internal display port as a link between the external I/O and whatever computing hardware you might use. Basically meaning that Apple could build a standardized set of motherboards for various products that they could reuse. I'm sure it wouldn't take too much work to find space for some MacBook Air or Mac Mini guts in there. Just an idea obviously.
     
  19. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2010
    Location:
    Holly Michigan
    #19
  20. macrumors 6502a

    djrod

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2008
    Location:
    Madrid - Spain
    #20
    [​IMG]
     
  21. hfg
    macrumors 68030

    hfg

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2006
    Location:
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    #21
    I'm waiting for the day when the display has a big slot on the side and you just slide in your Macbook Air computer when you are at home ... no cables at all!:cool:
     
  22. macrumors newbie

    toolongdays

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2008
    #22
    Sorry if I have a more expansive imagination than what Apple currently provides. :)
     
  23. macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2005
    #23
    No matte display is a deal breaker. It is a health and productivity issue. No matte, no purchase. Full stop.

    Sign the matte display petition at MacMatte as thousands have already done:
    http://macmatte.wordpress.com
     
  24. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2010
    #24
    lol @ 1 inch subwoofer
     
  25. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2006
    Location:
    San Francisco
    #25
    "...a small 1-inch subwoofer..."

    :D
     

Share This Page