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Apple Thunderbolt Display (photos)

Apple Thunderbolt Display (photos)

Apple Thunderbolt Display (photos)

Apple Thunderbolt Display (photos)

Apple Thunderbolt Display (photos)

Apple Thunderbolt Display (photos)

Apple Thunderbolt Display (photos)

Apple Thunderbolt Display (photos)

Iteration is something Apple is good at. Its 24-inch Cinema Display was good, but it appealed to an extremely small minority of users. In 2010 Apple released a new version with an improved screen, and by that time there were many more Mini DisplayPort compatible Macs in the wild, thus widening its appeal.

With its Thunderbolt Display, Apple adds a superfast connection, in addition to other added functionality, but does the very nature of its Thunderbolt-based origins ultimately hold it back from pleasing more than just Mac users?

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The Apple Thunderbolt Display follows the same basic design as the previously released Cinema Display.

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The aluminum chassis gives the display a feeling of high quality, mostly unmatched in the monitor space. Check out the full review for the Apple Thunderbolt Display here.
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Check out the full review for the Apple Thunderbolt Display here.
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The "duckfoot" foot stand makes a return and, just as before, keeps the display from toppling too easily. Check out the full review for the Apple Thunderbolt Display here.
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Apple adds FireWire, Thunderbolt, and Ethernet to the three USB 2.0 ports included on previous incarnations of the monitor. Check out the full review for the Apple Thunderbolt Display here.
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What looks like Mini DisplayPort is, in this case, the Thunderbolt connection. Check out the full review for the Apple Thunderbolt Display here.
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With only two possible cables, a cable routing isn't all that necessary and yet, here it is. Check out the full review for the Apple Thunderbolt Display here.
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