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Apple: Bringing Thunderbolt Display to Stores This Week

Written on September 07, 2011 by Lulu

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Apple will roll out its Thunderbolt Display to market this week.

Apple is said to deliver the Thunderbolt Display to stores this week based on details that emerged on Tuesday. MacRumors said that both the official Apple stores and third-party chains should have the 27-inch screen soon. Online pre-order customers haven’t received shipping notices yet, but some details claimed that the shipping of the Thunderbolt Display will be on September 15.

The display was revealed during the unveiling of the new MacBook Air, and is being used as a full desktop docking station for portables. The 10Gbps Thunderbolt link feeds both the 2560 x 1440 display, as well as gigabit Ethernet, 2.1-channel audio, an HD webcam, FireWire 800 and three USB ports. Apple’s only separate cable for the computer is a MagSafe connector required to supply the extra power for notebooks.

Users can daisy chain as many as five other Thunderbolt devices, even though only one of those devices can be an additional Thunderbolt Display.

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New MacBook Air Uses a Cheaper Thunderbolt Cheap

Written on July 30, 2011 by Lulu

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An investigation revealed that Apple is using a tinier and cheaper Thunderbolt chip on their new MacBook Air.

An investigation into the new MacBook Air’s internals showed that Apple is using a new, relatively untested Thunderbolt chip. The said Thunderbolt chip is called Eagle Ridge which has two 10Gbps bidirectional lanes (40Gbps), while the Light Ridge chip in the iMac, MacBook Pro and Mac mini has a full four.

The said part tracked down by AnandTech can only drive one display over Thunderbolt, but is also much smaller and cheaper, a key to fitting it into the 11-inch, $999 Air.

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