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This video shows off a 15" MacBook Pro connected to two 27" Thunderbolt Displays daisy chained to each other.



Apple has just started shipping Thunderbolt displays to customers and released a document indicating how they could be used with the present Thunderbolt enabled Macs.

The MacBook Pros can drive two Thunderbolt displays, though the 13" model can't drive it's own built-in screen when driving two others.

Thanks @TN9Design

Article Link: Video of Dual Thunderbolt Display off a 15" MacBook Pro
 
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Nice and clean setup.
 
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Even a 13-inch MacBook pro would look great with this set up. Very nice.
 
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alq

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Wait, did he say "Mail in Fullscreen mode" ?
Does that mean it is now possible to have the fullscreen mode in Lion with multiple screens?

alq.
 
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macbwizard

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How is he still able to use the second monitor when Mail.app is in full screen mode?
 
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Even a 13-inch MacBook pro would look great with this set up. Very nice.

Except the 13" can't drive two Thunderbolt displays.

Edit: I stand corrected. Apple could be less ambiguous on their product descriptions though. I would imagine not mentioning the 13" MBP's special case would drive potential buyers into getting the 15" model. But maybe that's what Apple wants.
 
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DESNOS

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Wait, did he say "Mail in Fullscreen mode" ?
Does that mean it is now possible to have the fullscreen mode in Lion with multiple screens?

alq.

It's not true fullscreen. The contextual menu bar doesn't appear on a secondary screen, so you can maximize fully and use the entire display.

EDIT: If you'll notice, the titlebar is still barely visible in that blurry shot. That bar vanishes in true Lion fullscreen mode.
 
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DESNOS

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Yes it can. It just can't drive it's own screen as well I think.

Running multiple displays (especially two displays at that high of a resolution) on an Intel 3k isn't really going to get you too much. It's decent for an IGP, but it's still an IGP. Performance would likely be an issue.
 
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e-coli

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That comment makes no sense.

Evidently you don't have a new MBP. They run extremely hot when connected to an external display. With the lid closed the fans are on at a high speed a majority of the time.
 
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Icaras

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Yes it can, it just can't power the screen on the macbook pro itself. Hence why I think this set up is perfect for a 13" macbook pro.

Yup, apologies. I've edited my posts to reflect the correction.
 
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canucksfan88

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That comment makes no sense.

new 2011 mbp's have horrible temps.

running one display right now...70 degress celsius...

stupid amd radeon card...i was fine with my 2009 mbp that allowed me to run intel graphics..worked fine for me
 
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Wanderer509

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new 2011 mbp's have horrible temps.

running one display right now...70 degress celsius...

stupid amd radeon card...i was fine with my 2009 mbp that allowed me to run intel graphics..worked fine for me

they run hot... but not that hot? i have a laptop cooler but even without turning it on it doesnt go up that high, unless i am doing something graphic intensive.

for me just hooking it up to external doesnt dictate a mandatory fan spin up.
 
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zen

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That's pretty cool.

What kind of stand is that Macbook Pro sitting in? I'm getting a TB display to use with my MBA, and would like something similiar.
 
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JabbaII

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Is the power button the only way to turn on the MBP? Having to open that lid every time you turn on the MBP is a hassle.
 
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zen

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Is the power button the only way to turn on the MBP? Having to open that lid every time you turn on the MBP is a hassle.

But there is no need to ever turn it off. You'd just leave it on, or sleep it (and wake with mouse/keyboard).

I haven't turned my iMacs or MBA off nearly a year, since I shifted my office furniture around!
 
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Icy1007

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That's ~$4000 worth of equipment right there. lol

Anyway, I have my 15" MBP using one external monitor in clamshell mode and its idling at ~50ºC. If I am using it without an external monitor it idles at around 35ºC.

The fans hardly ever run when using my external monitor. Only when I'm playing a game or running a VM... or using Flash, lol.
 
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JabbaII

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But there is no need to ever turn it off. You'd just leave it on, or sleep it (and wake with mouse/keyboard).

I haven't turned my iMacs or MBA off nearly a year, since I shifted my office furniture around!

You don't turn it off even when you go mobile? I'd turn it off when lugging it around.
 
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