thunderbolt display doubt ...

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  1. iKIKO, Feb 25, 2012
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    iKIKO macrumors regular

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    my dad has a macbook air 11 2010, and i have a 2011 i5 model.

    we are thinking of getting a thunderbolt display for use at home.

    my 11 air with thunderbolt out i know its the perfect match for the display. it works as a display/pci.

    but my dad's 2010 obviously has not thunderbolt out..

    so my question is, can the 2010 air run the thunderbolt display just as an external monitor ?

    i know that the ports on the back that the display wont work, but can it be used it just like an external display on the 2010?

    i ask because on some sites, some people says that it works, and some says it doesn't...

    have anyone on here tried the thunderbolt display with an 2010 air?
     
  2. Boe11 macrumors 6502a

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    The thunderbolt display only works with thunderbolt macs, unfortunately. It will not work for him.
     
  3. iKIKO thread starter macrumors regular

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    so not even as an a normal display port external display ?
     
  4. mfram macrumors 65816

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    No.
     
  5. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

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    How about getting a Cinema Display - that will work for you both.
     
  6. Boe11 macrumors 6502a

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    Sure.
     
  7. iKIKO thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeah i know that will work, but he might be updating anytime soon, and it doesnt make sense to buy a mini display cinema now, if in the near future both are going to have thunderbolt outs :eek:

    i think that the thunderbolt display should have work backwards with the mini display, and i know many agree with this
     
  8. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

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    It's not called a "mini display" - its the Cinema Display. I cant argue with your point about backwards compatibility.
     
  9. iKIKO thread starter macrumors regular

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    i was talking about the mini display out of the mac 2010 :p...
     
  10. iKIKO thread starter macrumors regular

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    well, i was with the finger on the trigger since two weeks ago, and finally yesterday night i pulled it :D

    bought also the magic mouse and the wireless keyboard...:p

    I'm more than happy, its a beautiful display, absolutely love it, and my 11 air seems to love it too :p

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  11. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

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    Nice pics! I love mine too - it's a great companion for the Air.
     
  12. falsn macrumors newbie

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    then, did u try it? can the TBS be used just as an external monitor on your daddy's macbook?
     
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  14. iKIKO thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeah i tried, and guess what, it didn't work :D

    anyway he's going to upgrade soon to a new air :p
     
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    I'm waiting for them to put USB3 ports on them, or see if the new MBA's have USB3 before pulling the trigger.
     
  16. Fastball32 macrumors member

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    I was going to recommend buying a Cinema Display for more compatibility with your family, but I understand that having one more USB port to plug in may be a deal breaker.

    Wondering if your MacBook Air has any issues when it is connected to your Thunderbolt Display.
    - Fans running loudly when on Flash Sites/Youtube, or with Photoshop.
    - Laptop running hotter
     
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  18. lowonthe456 macrumors 6502

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    Pornography...I want one so bad.... ;)
     
  19. iKIKO thread starter macrumors regular

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    hahah porno its crisp on this j/k :p

    no heating issues so far, i can't hear the fan just a bit on photoshop elements 10 and apps like that, but not that bad, still runs fast, and smooth.

    i love the set up air TBD, i would recommend it to you
     
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