Thunderbolt Display vs LED Cinema Display

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Serban, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. macrumors 68040

    Jan 8, 2013
    What is the difference between those two? Both in the store have the same price, but the seller could not tell if there are some differences
  2. macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2012
    Isle of Man
    One connects via Thunderbolt, the other via mini displayport
  3. macrumors 6502


    Nov 18, 2005
    I was wondering the same thing...other than connections no difference at all? thx
  4. costabunny, Feb 2, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2013

    macrumors demi-goddess


    May 15, 2008
    The thunderbolt one supports thunderbolt devices in pass thru (means plugging a thunderbolt hard disk in the back of the screen for example).

    The display port version does not support this.

    both plug into the same port on your mac (Thunderbolt is same as Displayport for screens etc - hence why older DP to DVI adaptors etc work find in modern thunderbolt equipped macs - like mine :) )
  5. macrumors demi-god


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    The Thunderbolt display has Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire and USB 2. The Cinema Display has only USB 2.
  6. macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2011
    the only reason to get a led cinema instead of a TB display now is because your mac is 2010 or earlier and doesn't have the thunderbolt port.
  8. macrumors 68040


    Jul 9, 2012
    And if it old enough to not do TB, you need to ask yourself when you plan to upgrade.
  9. macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
    Hey, depending on ones needs a 4-5 year upgrade cycle is not unreasonable for computers.
  10. macrumors 68040


    Jul 9, 2012
    Tell that to Apple. Apple Care is only for 3 years. ;)

    In 4-5 years you can see technology like FW, Display Port, USB2 or TB come...and go. :eek:
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2010
    And a FaceTime HD camera vs regular on the Cinema Display.
  12. macrumors member


    May 31, 2010
    go for the Thunderbolt

    Its great being able to leave your external / backup drives connected via Firewire to your display. This means you just connect power and the Thunderbolt cable to your Macbook and Time Machines and / or CCC will kick in automatically. Doesnt matter if your Macbook is only Mini display.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2012
    Liverpool - England
    Thunderbolt Display - Serial Number

    Hi Everyone. I took my ThunderBolt Display back to the apple store after one month as there where Pixel anomalies on the screen. They said the only way to repair it would be to fit a new LCD Panel.

    So i got my Display back this morning but when I go into System Report under ThunderBolt Display the serial number is different from the one displayed before i sent it into Apple.

    Could this be because the serial number is built into the LCD panel?. I thought the serial Number is usually stored on some kind of PCB OR Logic Board inside the display?

    Does anyone have any ideas why the serial Number might have changed. I hope its the same one i sent in as when it came back to me there where chip's/small chunks scraped into the Aluminium base stand as if they had used a workbench clamp and its been to tight :-(

    The serial number under the base stand is the previous one so it look like it is my stand.

    Thanks Guys for your help.

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