Does the MBA support old Apple Cinema Displays?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by zub3qin, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. zub3qin macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    I have an old Apple Cinema Display, with a resolution of 1680 x 1050.
    It works fine as an external display with my old black Macbook.


    Will the new MBA 13.3 support this though? Apple doesn't mention that.
    Apple's tech specs say that MBA has:

    "Supported resolutions: 1440 by 900 (native), 1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio"

    Thanks in advance, everyone!
  2. Hisdem macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2010
    Boca Raton, FL
    I assume it will. Those specifications you quoted are valid for the built-in display only ;)
  3. JoeG4 macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2002
    Bay Area, Ca.
    It should, but you'll need a mini displayport to dvi adaptor to plug into the dvi to adc adaptor.

    Gotta love those crazy Apple connectors. :D Would've been funny had they made a Mini DisplayPort to ADC adaptor.
  4. HelsinkiMac macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2010
    As above, almost certainly yes, but you will need both the physical miniDisplay-DVI adaptor which is $29 AND the DVI to ADC display adaptor which is an electronic adaptor with a big power brick and costs around $100 (and doesn't seem to be available from Apple anymore). I'm using this setup with miniDVI-DVI instead of miniDisplayPort-DVI to run an 08 Macbook with the 1920x1080 HD Apple display, it runs perfectly, and will be swapping the miniDVI-DVI for a miniDisplayPort-DVI when I get a new MacBook Air sometime soon!

    Essentially if you think it is worth investing $100 to keep your display running with newer Apple computers it is a great investment, though somewhat annoying that it is necessary. If you'd rather put that $100 towards a newer monitor, given that the Apple one might last 20 years but but it might give out tomorrow, that's the only other alternative...
  5. zub3qin thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007

    I already have the ADC brick as I use it with my old black Macbook, so all I guess I need is a mini-Displayport-DVI adaptor.

    By the way, Amazon sells these adaptors made by third parties (non-Apple) for as low as $6.


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