Thunderbolt Backwards Compatibility?

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  1. borisiii, Feb 25, 2011
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    borisiii macrumors 6502

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    Hi everyone, from reading all the announcements, I am assuming that thunderbolt is exclusive to the new MBPs, but can someone (ideally with a link to show) confirm that there is no backwards compatibility on older Mini DisplayPort Macs? I wouldn't put it past Apple to extend compatibility but keep quiet about it so more people upgrade!

    Sorry if this has already been covered but I mroogled and couldn't find an answer.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    What? Thunderbolt is an entirely different interface that has the same form factor as the MiniDisplay Port in Apple's implementation of Light Peak. It will work fine as a standard MiniDisplay Port.

    http://www.apple.com/thunderbolt/

     
  3. philipma1957, Feb 25, 2011
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  4. borisiii, Feb 25, 2011
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    That's great - thanks. That was what I assumed all along but I wasn't going to take it as writ until I read it somewhere.

    I'm increasingly tempted by the i7 13" but I think I'll stick with my 2008 unibody until the next revision. By the time they update the design there might just be some thunderbolt peripherals worth having.

    Sorry if I wasn't clear Miles; I was asking if pre-2011 Macs were compatible with thunderbolt, not whether thunderbolt works with displays.
     

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