Does the 27" Thunderbolt Display work with the current Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ApplesAOranges, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. ApplesAOranges macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2011
    Simple question, hope to get an answer. Just wondering because the current Mac Pro doesn´t have a Thunderbolt port.

    One thing I also should mention, that I plan to use it as a second monitor, already have a 30" Apple Cinema Display.
  2. Blue Sun macrumors 6502a

    Feb 11, 2009
  3. ApplesAOranges thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2011
    So basically if my ACD would break, Apple wouldn´t have any monitor to offer.

    Or if someone would buy a Mac Pro, they couldn´t buy an Apple monitor or two to go with it, but still it is sold in the Mac Pro specs section, even the 2nd monitor option is there.

    Kind weird move from Apple. :eek:
  4. BigJohno macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2007
    San Francisco
    Apple still sells the old 27". Look under display on shop Mac section.
  5. ApplesAOranges thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2011
    Oh yes, I didn´t notice that. My mistake!

    Same price hmm...

    Now I just need to know is the new Mac Pro coming in January 2012 and with Thunderbolt! And can I use the 30" ACD and the 27" Thunderbolt display together with it??? :confused:
  6. deafgoose macrumors regular


    Oct 20, 2011
    Your just gonna have to wait and see.

    So much talk about Apple dropping the Mac Pro all together. :eek:
  7. thankins macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2007
    They work...i have two of them on my desk connected to my 2010 Mac Pro. The Thunderbolt just acts as a mini display port.
  8. SadBurntToast macrumors newbie


    Jun 15, 2009

    I thought the Thunderbolt display would work on my 2010 macbook pro, but since it only has Mini DisplayPort, and not Thunderbolt it doesn't work. Strangely thunderbolt is based off of Mini DisplayPort but it's not backwards compatible it seems.

    In any case I bought the Thunderbolt 27" and had to go back and exchange it for the Mini Display Port version.
  9. ApplesAOranges thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2011
    Okay, so it works, but it doesn´t work??? :confused:
  10. rw3 macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2008
    DFW, TX
  11. ApplesAOranges thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2011
    Yes, I understand this now, but thankins is saying that the Thunderbolt Displays are working with the current Mac Pros.

    Confusing. :confused:
  12. Blue Sun macrumors 6502a

    Feb 11, 2009
    I was under the impression that the old (non-TB) 27" ACD will work with new Mac's that have TB, but non-TB Mac's will not work with the new TB displays.
  13. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    It's not really that confusing.

    TB Mac --> ATD --> ACD works
    TB Mac --> ACD works
    Non TB Mac --> ATD does not work

    TB is not "based" on display port. It simply uses the same plug and the protocol can carry a display port signal. A display port device can be on the end of the chain and not in the middle. In layman's terms it can only understand the display port part of the thunderbolt protocol. The thunderbolt and display port hardware is completely different in terms of the controller.
  14. FrankHahn macrumors 6502a

    May 17, 2011
    If you have a machine that has Thunderbolt, you CAN use either a 27" Cinema Display or a 27" Thunderbolt Display.

    I am using a 27" Cinema Display with my 2011 Mac Mini that has a thunderbolt port.
  15. Gonk42 macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    near Cambridge
    This is what it says on the Apple store site (UK)

    Thunderbolt Display compatibility.

    Thunderbolt-enabled Macs, including the current generations of MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and iMac are fully compatible with the Apple Thunderbolt Display. Customers with Macs that only support Mini DisplayPort output, such as the Mac Pro and MacBook, as well as previous generations of MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iMac can use the 27-inch LED Cinema Display.
  16. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I'd just get a 30" Dell when your 30" ACD dies.

    Or the 27" Dell that's antiglare.
  17. skyline r34 macrumors 6502

    skyline r34

    Oct 10, 2005
    San Diego
    No it does not work, I know because I tried your better off getting a LED Cinema Display or wait for Apple to release GPU upgrade kit that supports thunderbolt which is unlikely to happen

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