Apple 27" Thunderbolt Displays Shipping to Stores

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MacRumors has learned that Apple is beginning to ship the new 27" Thunderbolt Display to stores and resellers this week. This means that customers should be able to see and buy the devices very soon. We haven't yet heard any news about early customer orders shipping, but expect those to follow closely.

The new 27" Display adds Thunderbolt compatibility, allowing the displays to act as a docking station using a single Thunderbolt cable. The new display includes a built-in FaceTime HD camera, 2.1 speaker system, three USB ports, one Firewire 800 port, one Gigabit Ethernet port, and a second Thunderbolt port to enable daisy chaining.

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The new display also allows the ability to run two displays off of a single Thunderbolt port on Macs offering enough graphics horsepower to support the pixel load.

Apple introduced the new display back in July. It is presently available for pre-order for $999.

Top Rated Comments

hcho3 Avatar
134 months ago
That thing really does not deserve 999 dollars.

I will wait for price drop or might as well as go for 27 inch imac.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AppleDroid Avatar
134 months ago
Nice. Now give me my "anti-glare" version and I'm sold x2. :D
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
K42 Avatar
134 months ago
Nice. Now give me my "anti-glare" version and I'm sold x2. :D

Exactly why I am now using a Dell 27" monitor. And as long as there is no anti-glare iMac I'd rather replace my old white iMac by a mini.

If I want to see myself, I look in the mirror.

Pffff.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
shuckit Avatar
134 months ago
Matte would be better...

Too bad Apple is in love with glass, maybe that will change with a future imac/display design.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BC2009 Avatar
134 months ago
All they need now is a Mac Pro that supports Thunderbolt.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
matteman50 Avatar
134 months ago
That thing really does not deserve 999 dollars.

I will wait for price drop or might as well as go for 27 inch imac.
If you're in the market for a 27" monitor at 2560x1440, you'll have a hard time finding one that costs much less than 999 big ones. This was my conclusion before I got the last-gen ACD a while back, and I stand by it now. After buying that ACD, I was also pleasantly surprised by the audio quality of the speakers and sub-woofer too. I ended up scapping plans to buy a 2.1 set for the computer, which would've set me back around $150-200 (that was the budget I had in mind). I know I got my value for $999.

The new ACD has only more features than the last gen, no features removed (correct?), and all this without a price hike -- in spite of significant increases in consumer prices (and the cost of living in general) over the past few years. I'd wholeheartedly endorse the current ACD, as long as you don't have a compelling need for a matte screen. Different ballgame there.

Edit: point well taken about the $854.69 UltraSharp, but I note that it's showing $20.49 for shipping there too. Has anyone here done a side-by-side comparison of the UltraSharp and ACD?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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