Difference Between Thunderbolt Display and Cinema Display?

SuperDuperMan

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Feb 9, 2019
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They both look exactly alike and I am considering purchasing either a MBA from 2012-2015 or a Mac Mini from 2012-2014 and do not want to run into compatibility issues.

If anyone can point me in The right direction towards literature or knows the answer I would be very thankful.

Thank you!
 

Boyd01

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Feb 21, 2012
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The Thunderbolt display will give you a thunderbolt dock. The Cinema display is just a monitor. Also, two Thunderbolt displays is one of the few ways you can use dual external monitors on a MacBook Air.

https://support.apple.com/kb/SP642?locale=hu_HU
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Create a powerful docking station without a lot of clutter.

Peripheral connections
  • Three powered USB 2.0 ports
  • FireWire 800 port
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Thunderbolt port
 

saulinpa

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Jun 15, 2008
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The cinema also has a 3 port USB 2.0 powered hub but also has a 24" version. TB display provides three extra ports that new Mac users generally never use.
 

wilson109

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Jan 16, 2019
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The Thunderbolt display connects through ONLY its built in thunderbolt cable. The equivalent LCD display (non-thunderbolt) is very similar but for older Macs or PCs without thunderbolt. The actual display (screen) is the same.