Apple debuts Thunderbolt display

Apple has debuted a 27-inch display designed to be used as a tricked-out docking station for Thunderbolt-enabled MacBooks. 

The monitor features a FaceTime camera, high quality audio, along with Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800, USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt ports.

The display also boasts a thin aluminum and glass enclosure, along with a MagSafe connector to charge a MacBook Pro or Air.

As expected, the monitor supports DisplayPort tech for high-res displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA.

Additional specs include: 

  • Three USB 2.0 ports.
  • Single Thunderbolt port can be used to daisy chain five additional devices.
Ambient light sensor automatically adjusts brightness.
  • Built-in 2.1 speaker system (49 watts).
  • 16:9 edge-to-edge glass design.
  • 178 degree viewing angle.

  • Screen type: TFT active-matrix LCD with in-plane switching (IPS).
  • Resolution: 2560 by 1440 pixels.
  • Colors: 16.7 million.
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9.
  • Viewing angle: 178° horizontal; 178° vertical.
  • Brightness: 375 cd/m2.
  • Contrast ratio: 1000:1.
  • Response time: 12 ms.

The new Thunderbolt display will be available within the next 60 days for a cool $1,000. 
Note: The display requires a Mac with a Thunderbolt I/O port.