Thunderbolt vs ACD

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by MonsterRain, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. MonsterRain macrumors member

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    #1
    Just looking for clarification on the Thunderbolt Display....can I use it (and none of the other features) only as an external display on a 2010 iMac that doesn't have Thunderbolt? I don't have a need to play sound, use the iSight, ethernet, or anything else off of it. Just the external display part.

    As I understand it...I can only plug in the iMac to the Apple Cinema Display, and I could use the TBD on my Macbook Pro.

    Thanks.
     
  2. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    Portland, OR
    #2
    You can only use the Apple Thunderbolt Display (ATD) with TB equipped computers. The 2011 iMac was the first machine with TB. You can still use the ACD.

    I have a 2009 iMac and the 2011 MBA. I bought the ATD and can use it with my MBA only. I do plan to get a 2012 iMac once it is released. If things stay constant... I should be able to use the ATD along with my new '12 iMac in a dual monitor configuration.

    /Jim
     
  3. stefmesman macrumors 6502

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    #3
    The early 2011 MacBook Pro's where the first to have Thunderbolt ;)
     

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