New Macbook Pro 13" with legacy Apple LED Thunderbolt displays

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by whyrichard, Jul 29, 2019.

  1. whyrichard macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002
    Hello sweet mac peeps!

    I have tried to research this but it is a little confusing, i wanted to make sure with you all before pulling the tirgger...

    I am going to buy a new 13" macbook pro. I currently have two apple monitors, a 27" Apple Cinema Display with Mini display port, and a 23" mini display port.

    How do I hook them up to the new macbook pro?

    This article seems to suggest the apple connector would suffice.

    Is that true? Or do I need this?

    And will it work with both monitors running off the laptop?

    Thank you!
  2. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    Apple Cinema Displays are not Thunderbolt displays, and the solution to connect the two differs.
    If you have the actual Thunderbolt Display, which has an ethernet port on it, you need the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter.
    If you have a Cinema Display, you need a USB-C to Mini Displayport adapter. Both adapters look similar but are not interchangeable.
  3. whyrichard thread starter macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002

    So this is what I need:


    Also, question, will the USB ports work on my apple cinema display with that adapter?

  4. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    If you have a Cinema Display, that adapter is what you need. To use the built in USB ports and adjust the display's brightness, you will also need a USB-C to USB-A adapter to connect the display's built in USB cable.

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