Apple's Upcoming Hardware Refresh to Include Thunderbolt LED Display, Not MacBook

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Earlier this week, part numbers for upcoming Apple hardware updates surfaced, with claims that the parts represented new MacBook Air and Mac Pro models. While the MacBook Air part numbers are believed to be legitimate, the claim regarding the "Mac Pro" part numbers was later revised to state that they referred to new Mac mini and MacBook models.

    But even that revised assertion isn't entirely correct, as the part number ascribed to a new MacBook is in fact for a new Thunderbolt-enabled LED Cinema Display.


    Apple has even confirmed that information by prematurely posting a new image on its site depicting the display and identifying in the URL as the "MC914" part that had been previously thought to be a new MacBook. The display appears essentially identical to the existing LED Cinema Display from the front, although Apple's new promotional image displays a Lion desktop background rather than the Snow Leopard one found on the images for the current model. The rear of the display will obviously include a Thunderbolt port in place of the current mini DisplayPort connection.


    Additional gallery images also show the new display paired with a number of Apple's Mac products, all of which show the same form factor as the current models, suggesting that the Mac mini scheduled to appear alongside the new display (which appears here as the Mac Mini Server model) will retain its current form factor. Apple's Mac Pro has been rumored to see a redesign, but appears set to debut a few weeks later than the new display, meaning that Apple would need to continue showing the new display alongside the current Mac Pro until that time.

    Article Link: Apple's Upcoming Hardware Refresh to Include Thunderbolt LED Display, Not MacBook
  2. mattwolfmatt macrumors 65816


    Jun 7, 2008
    Surely, one of these rumors has to be correct.
  3. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    This one actually sounds correct. I like 9to5 Mac, but they make too many assumptions.

    What will be interesting to see is if the Cinema Display has Thunderbolt Ports on it for daisy chaining purposes.
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    It is getting to that point.

    Though $999 for a new Cinema Display does sound about right.
  5. tbobmccoy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Since Apple was the one to post the images, I'm betting yes. ;)

    Although I understand your rumor fatigue when we have received so many bad cues for the last week or so on the MacBook Air forums... :confused::mad:
  6. Aqua Bliss macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2010
    13" Hi-Res MBA with Thunderbolt, here I come.
  7. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I see from the photo that the new model still won't line up correctly next to the iMac. Lame for iMac users.

    Glad to see some more Thunderbolt capable devices. I'm hoping to pick one of these up next year as I've never had an ACD, despite those being my initials, lol. Now if only some manufacturers would make some more devices at a decent price!

    I thought I read somewhere that the display has to be the last in the chain? So if this only ends up having one port on the back, and not another to daisy chain, how is this different at all? A new icon? Lol.
  8. LarryC macrumors 6502


    Jul 19, 2002
    North America
    More B.S., I will not believe any of these silly rumors. The MacBook is the U.S. Apple Store's 5th best selling product. I do not believe they are getting rid of it! The MBA isn't even on the list of the top selling products.
  9. hoing macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2010
    Wow. Simply Brilliant. Apple with unexpected. This will go nicely with my ipad2, iphone4 (white and black), macbook pro, and imac. Cant wait to get the mac pro. I am seriously considering moving next to the nearest apple store.

    Steve, you have done it again! Simple genius. Sit down windows, this display shows why you are declining.

  10. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Just because the product code is a thunderbolt display and not a MacBook doesn't mean the MacBook is becoming discontinued.
  11. techfreak85 macrumors 68040


    Jan 13, 2008
    For the purposes of a display, what's the need for a Thuderbolt port vs a Mini DisplayPort? It's the same connector right? What's the point? Would it have any advantages at all?
  12. Zelnaga macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2010
    These monitors better work with the 21.5in model iMacs!
  13. jackrv macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2011
    Macduke, just a bit off topic, but do you know if the VESA mounts in the back of the iMac and the Cinema Display line up?
  14. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    Daisy chaining other thunderbolt products through the display. It probably has a FaceTime HD camera as well.
  15. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Oh WOW, the new update that shows the MBP hooked up to two ACDs. That just made my day. Too bad it's so fracking expensive!
  16. thevofl macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2006
  17. techfreak85 macrumors 68040


    Jan 13, 2008
    Ah the daisy chaining makes sense, especially if hooking up multiple monitors for Lion's full screen mode.

    ......oh that's right.:rolleyes:;)
  18. tallguy macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2008
    Can't tell if your sarcastic or not.
  19. davidwarren macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2007
    Hey, maybe they will be cheaper! Doubt it, but can always hope...
  20. tuna macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2010
    Ugh no pictures of the ports on the back? They could theoretically have almost any sort of port back there through thunderbolt... usb, firewire, audio, ethernet...
  21. SilianRail macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2011
    Does the monitor still need to be the last link in the chain?
  22. Ferazel macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2010
    Can anyone make any size determinations based on the pictures if the new Cinema display is still 27" or if it is bumped up to 30" to replace the old 30" display?
  23. winston1236 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2010
    well i think that about covers every guess one could come up with
  24. FriarNurgle macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2011
    Nice... but I'd rather be able to AirPlay/Mirror/Extend my MBP to my big TV with the ATV.
  25. griz macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2003
    New London, NH
    Hey, M110 is missing from that wallpaper shot.
    (Yes, self proclaimed astronomy geek at your service)

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