thunderbolt display only working with thunderbolt

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by No-Me, May 25, 2012.

  1. No-Me macrumors 6502a

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    I've owned a 27" Thunderbolt display for a couple of months now. It's attached to my 15" MacBook Pro. As I've lend my MacBook Pro to a friend who needs it for a project I thought I would be able to hook my MacBook Air (11" Rev A without thunderbolt) to the display, but it doesn't do anything.

    Too bad that Apple didn't make this a "backwards" compatible display. I suggested my father to get a TB display to be more future-proof as he doesn't have a TB MacBook Pro yet. Glad I found this out before he actually bought it ;-)
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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    If you need to connect the display to non-Thunderbolt devices, the best thing is to buy the standard 27" Cinema Display with a mini-DisplayPort connector.
     
  3. colshine macrumors regular

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    It does state in the specs that you need a thunderbolt compatible Mac.

    http://www.apple.com/uk/displays/specs.html

    As suggested above the cinema display is a better option if you want to connect to both types of Mac.
     
  4. No-Me thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, but normally I would not use the display with the MBA.
    It's just a bit silly that the TB display has better specs (iSight & sound) but that the old display is the same price.

    :)
     
  5. Orange Furball macrumors 65816

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    Why doesn't someone make an adaptor?

    It would probably have to split off into mini display port + USB + 3.5mm audio.

    I'm sure that would be a huge seller. Heck if you made it white with gray accents apple might put it in the stores.
     
  6. MSUSpartan macrumors 6502

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    Just came to this realization... I didn't even know Apple still sells the regular cinema display from its website. I bought the Thunderbolt Display figuring it would work with my mid-2010 MBP... sigh, now I have to return it and decide if I want to spend the same $1,000 on a cinema display without any of the new technology...
     
  7. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a

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    It pro Bly best to sell your MBP. TBD is worth it as it a docking station. Only 2 wires to plug!
     
  8. colshine macrumors regular

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    I have to admit I love how neat my desk is with the MBP and TBD together.
     

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