It will work:
To learn more about Thunderbolt (TB) and its compatibility with Mini DisplayPort (MDP):
But see the attached images of my Thunderbolt cable....Pretty sure they are the sameHi all,
Is a thunderbolt the same lead as a Mini displayport or is it a completely different lead?
The focus is behind the actual Thunderbolt plug, thus the image does not show anything.But see the attached images of my Thunderbolt cable....Pretty sure they are the same
Mini DisplayPort (MDP) / Thunderbolt
Mini DisplayPort is the current digital standard on all current Macs to transfer video to an external display or TV. It has been introduced in 10/2008 with the release of the Unibody MacBook and MacBook Pros and has gradually been adopted on all other Macs.
MDP is capable of transmitting video, and since 2010, audio too. MDP is a miniaturised version of DisplayPort. It is also license free and can support resolutions of up to 2560 x 1600, which Mini DVI and Micro DVI are not able to do.
Since 2011, all Macs come with a Thunderbolt port, which is meant for fast data transfer and also as means to connect to an external display device to mirror or extend the Mac's screen.
To learn more about Thunderbolt (TB) and its compatibility with Mini DisplayPort (MDP): Introducing ThunderboltMDP adapters can be bought online from:
MDP to VGA adapter from Apple
MDP to DVI adapter from Apple
MDP to Dual-Link-DVI adapter from Apple
Moshi Mini DP to HDMI Adapter with Audio Support adapter from the Apple Online Store
Mini DisplayPort + USB to Dual-Link DVI adapter from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter from Monoprice - *NOTE* This product does NOT support audio for Macs that outputs audio through the Mini DisplayPort.
Mini Displayport Male and USB Male/Toslink Audio to HDMI Female Converting adapter from Monoprice
Mini Displayport Male and USB Male Audio to HDMI Female Converting adapter from Monoprice - *NOTE* Will only support 2 channel stereo. Will not support 5.1 Dolby Surround like the above adapter.
Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort Cables from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to VGA Cables from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to DVI Cables from Monoprice
Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Cables from Monoprice
Also of interest: "What is "Mini DisplayPort"? Is it an industry-standard? How is it different from or better than Mini-DVI and Micro-DVI?"
Yes, Thunderbolt is Mini-Displayport + Extra data channels. You can use Mini-Displayport cables in a Thunderbolt port.I replaced my mid 2009 macbook pro 13" with the shiny new Macbook pro 13" retina display. I thought the cable I had needed to be replaced, but looking again at the apple site, it appears the cable didn't change.