Apple Preps for Thunderbolt Display Release with MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update

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Apple today released MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.1, a 3.99 MB update addressing a pair of issues on the company's latest MacBook Air models. The fixes include enhanced stability for Lion Recovery over the Internet and improvements for Thunderbolt-related issues including compatibility with Apple's forthcoming Apple Thunderbolt Display.

This update includes fixes that enhance the stability of Lion Recovery from an Internet connection, and resolve issues with Apple Thunderbolt Display compatibility and Thunderbolt Target Disk Mode performance on MacBook Air (mid 2011) models.

For more information about Lion Recovery, please visit http://www.apple.com/macosx/recovery/.

The MacBook Air EFI Update will update the EFI firmware on your notebook computer. Your computer's power cord must be connected and plugged into a working power source. When your MacBookAir restarts, a gray screen will appear with a status bar to indicate the progress of the update. It will take several minutes for the update to complete. Do not disturb or shut off the power on your MacBookAir during this update.

We noted last week that the new Apple Thunderbolt Display was beginning to ship to stores in anticipation of a launch in the near future, and today's release to ensure compatibility with the new MacBook Air offers further evidence that a launch for the display is near.

Apple announced the display back in July with a shipping date of "within 60 days", a timeframe that is rapidly approaching. Apple's order page for the $999 display is showing a 2-3 week estimate for new orders, but earlier pre-orders will likely ship sooner than that. We have yet to hear, however, of any pre-orders being prepared for shipment.

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hefeglass Avatar
166 months ago
there is so much misinformation in this thread...i really hope nobody comes here for factual information



^...wow..


.."demi-god"
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ksgant Avatar
166 months ago
I was looking elsewhere for a high-quality monitor like the 27" display, but all I found were these around $400 monitors that were certainly 27" displays, but were limited to the 1080P resolution of 1920 x 1080 and none at the Apple monitor's 2560 x 1440.

I looked over at Dell and they have 27" IPS monitors that can do 2560 x 1440 but they're like fricken $1200. Again, Dell has lower cost monitors but they're only 1080P ones. What happened to other manufacturers having lower cost hardware yet the same quality as Apple?

Are there any high end 27" monitors with 2560 x 1440 that are under the $999 of Apple? Or is this thing truly a bargain?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
scarred Avatar
166 months ago
So, TBolt means upgrading your BIOS just to attach a display?

I thought that we'd eliminated that kind of crap in the early 1990's.

1. EFI isn't BIOS.

2. What's so wrong with updating some low level functionality? Anyone who knows anything about computers knows that there are various levels put together to ultimately provide the end user with a nice experience. EFI is one of those layers... I'm glad they have a nice easy way to update it.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Icaras Avatar
166 months ago
These displays are definitely a rip off but Apple built this as a luxury machine intended for the rich. Sure it may be 1000$ but people will flock to but it just because its apple. The thunderbolt port is useless as my Windows computer only has USB and many others only have USB.

You're in the wrong thread, sir.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
catalyst6 Avatar
166 months ago
For those of you that are interested in having this display work with anything other than Mac products, go buy the 27 Cinema Display now.

That's what I did about 2 hours ago. $899 and free shipping at B&H.

I have a Thunderbolt enabled Macbook Pro, but I would much rather have the version of this that I can use with BOTH my gaming PC and my Macbook Pro.

The Thunderbolt Display is not backwards compatible with mini displayport!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
milkaxor Avatar
166 months ago
That is completely false. The Thunderbolt port is not just an extra port. It's an extra port that is compatible with every other kind of port.

Without this display, my Macbook Air has no ability to connect to my gigabit ethernet. With the Thunderbolt display, it does.

Without this display, my Macbook Air has no ability to connect to my firewire 800 drive. With the Thunderbolt display, it does.

It's not just an extension cord. It's allowing me to use devices/networking that I'm not otherwise able to.
Don't forget the 3 usb ports (one more than your MBA), the 2.1 speaker system, or built-in webcam. This is a great monitor for the price and the fact that I have to connect 2 cables (thunderbolt and optional power) to get all of that is what makes it a true companion hub to any TB-enabled laptop.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)