Connecting my 27" Apple Cinema Display today

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by StevenB7, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. StevenB7 macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2012
    Now that hub+ is delayed 6 weeks what is my best option for connecting my 27" Apple Cinema Display today?

    Should this work:
    Step 1:
    Step 2:
    Step 3:

    I am trying to avoid monoprice cables based on reviews that they don't last.

    I know I will not be able to charge the laptop at the same time as using these cables.

    Has anyone successfully connected a 27" Apple Cinema Display?
  2. Sean Dempsey macrumors 68000

    Sean Dempsey

    Aug 7, 2006
    I have to believe this won't work. But try it anyways.
  3. nickday macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2008
    Manchester, UK
    I want to know this too. Currently got a 13" rMBP and thinking of switching to a rMB, but it'd have to work with my 27" Cinema Display when I'm at my desk.

    Without the hub, would these cables work?
  4. StevenB7 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2012
    This will not work since the Display Port to HDMI is one way and will not convert HDMI to Display Port
  5. StevenB7, Jun 17, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2015

    StevenB7 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2012
    I was able to connect my 27" Cinema Display to my Macbook using:
    1. Google USBC to Display Port Cable
    2. DisplayPort Gender Changer DisplayPort (F) to DisplayPort (F)
    3. StarTech DP2MDPMF6IN Mini DisplayPort Adapter

    Both video and sound w/ volume are working. I cannot charge the Macbook while using the cable. I also don't think I can adjust brightness or use the displays camera.
  6. christophermdia macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2008
    I bought the google usb-C to Display Port and a display port to mDP adapter ... connected to my 27" iMac and it didn't work ...
  7. legioxi macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2013
    iMacs and Thunderbolt Displays are thunderbolt only. They do not support DisplayPort connections.
  8. peskaa macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2008
    London, UK
    It depends on the age of the computer. Early 27" iMacs were MDP based, and would accept MDP display input, ditto the 27" Apple Cinema Display. So no, iMacs are not universally Thunderbolt only.
  9. ipodlover77 macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2009
    Hows it run? Any lag? Stutter? Smooth? What about when you're playing videos? in HD
  10. legioxi macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2013
    Ok, let me clarify then... 2011 and newer iMacs, or iMacs that come with Thunderbolt.
  11. StevenB7 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2012
    I just played the 1080p Jurassic World trailed and it looked and sounded great. I was able to turn volume up and down using Apple Bluetooth Keyboard.

    I have the laptop running in clamshell mode using InsomniaX and using Apple Bluetooth mouse and keyboard

    Continuity phone calls also worked with the laptop shut which I was not expecting. I guess they work because the microphone is on the outside of the laptop
  12. InfiniteLoopy macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2010
    Do you get native resolution on the ACD?
    Could you possibly take a photo of the cables connected together?

    Is there really no way of charging it while using the display? Possibly through Apple's AV adapter?


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