"Old" 27-inch Price Drop?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by dndlnx, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. dndlnx macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2010
    What do you think?

    Isn't the TB Display backwards compatible? So it's pointless now to buy a new "old model" for $999.

    If they want to sell their remaining stock, they would have to lower it right? (Nothing drastic of course)

    I was going to buy a Refurb, should I wait and see?
  2. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    Not pointless, if you have a non TB machine, then you will not be able to use the newer Thunderbolt display - basically most machines from 2010 and older still need the LED display.
  3. rdowty macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2008

    It's not backwards compatible. You can use the display port monitor with a thunderbolt machine but can't use the thunderbolt monitor with a non-thunderbolt machine.
  4. AppleDApp macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2011
    why isn't it compatible? As long as you can use the TB port as a mini display port I'm happy I don't need the transfer capabilities.
  5. dndlnx, Jul 20, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011

    dndlnx thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2010
    Ah okay.

    Well I dont know - I was just thinking, why make TB the exact same port & connector as DP, if you weren't planning to let DP devices connect....?

    I saw this on the Apple website. I guess I'm interpreting it wrong:

  6. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    The new display will be MiniDisplayPort compatible but supports Thunderbolt (i.e. you can daisy chain two displays or add a TB RAID system connected to the Cinema Display)...or two of them.

    It will still be compatible with all machines supporting MiniDisplayPort but you will not have Thunderbolt capabilities if it is not a 2011+ machine, it will just function as a display but you will not be able to chain Thunderbolt devices onto it.
  7. Inopia-Vi macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2011
    Lost in space
    Anyone is aware if the end of a thunderbolt chain can be from another data bus? Like this chain: MBP-TB Display-NonTB Display ?
  8. AppleDApp macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2011

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