Apple Thunderbolt Display + Macbook Air ports disposition = fail?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by rsfaller, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. rsfaller macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    How will I connect the new Apple Thunderbolt Display connector and magsafe to my Macbook Air given that the ports are on opposite sides of the notebook?

    The new display is the first solution that really made me think about buying an Apple-made monitor, but that detail made me curious =P
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  3. bp1000 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2011
    Why would you need to do that?

    A thunderbolt display is essentially a docking station and provides power to your notebook so no need to connect the power source too.
  4. Dresevski macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2011
    WHAT? You will need to plug in the thunderbolt on one side for video. The other half of the LED's cord is a magsafe end for power, which must be plugged to the other side.

    I guess there is enough cord on both sides to Y around the form of the Air. I would hope that Apple wouldn't release something this important without thinking first about plugging their portable into it.
  5. kappaknight macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2009
    Thunderport transfers power too right? It powers external drives, etc.
  6. rsfaller thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    Sure it does carry power along, but that's not what I'm saying...

    The new Apple Thunderbolt Display cord splits into a Thunderbolt connector and a magSafe connector (to charge your notebook), but they don't seem to be long enough to reach both sides of a Macbook Air...
  7. bugout macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2008
    is everything!
    If its as long as the current 27" magsafe/usb split, it's more then long enough.
  8. FSMBP, Jul 20, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011

    FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009

    According to 9to5Mac, the ThunderBolt cable charges the MacBook Airs. The MagSafe on the ThunderBolt displays are for MacBook Pros.

    9to5Mac lied?
  9. neteng101 macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2009
    Would still prefer it on one side - a lot more elegant that way, but I guess it is what it is.
  10. thewalkman macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2011
    What 9to5 says is bs, you still need the MagSafe to charge the MacBook Airs.
  11. klaxamazoo macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2006
    The "Y-split" is long enough.

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  12. alectheking macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2010
  13. shurcooL macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    They've probably made the Y-split a little longer than previous display, cuz it was just barely enough for the 13" Air.

    I'd prefer it on the same side too, but I can see why they did it like that (just look at it from the side).
  14. rsfaller thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    I'm definitely cool with the Thunderbolt being on the right, suits me even better than when I had my previous Mb pro =P

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