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‘World First’: Apple 27″ 16:9 Thunderbolt Storms Into Town, But Will It Blow Us Away?


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Designed for Mac notebooks, it includes a MagSafe connector that charges the MacBook Pro or Air or dock it for a ‘full-fledged desktop solution.’ 

 Looks wise, the display features a thin, aluminium and glass enclosure, edge-to-edge glass design. 
 Thunderbolt uses IPS technology to provide images across a wide 178 degree viewing angle and also includes a built-in FaceTime HD video camera for crisp video conferencing, a 2.1 speaker system for audio, three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, one Gigabit Ethernet port and a Thunderbolt port for hooking up to five additional devices. 
 But typical of Apple’s non universal nature, it will connect Thunderbolt-enabled devices only. 
 “Featuring two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to an amazing 10Gbps each, each Thunderbolt port delivers PCI Express directly to external peripherals such as high performance storage and RAID arrays, supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays.” 
 “The Apple Thunderbolt Display is the ultimate docking station for your Mac notebook,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. ” 
 With just one cable, users can dock with their new display and connect to high performance peripherals, network connections and audio devices.” 
Macs with discrete graphics can drive two external displays giving pro users over 7 million additional pixels of display and the ability to daisy chain additional Thunderbolt, video and audio devices. 
The Thunderbolt includes an ambient light sensor which automatically adjusts the display brightness based on external lighting conditions and is energy efficient. 
The display will be available within the next 60 days through the Apple Store and resellers for AUD$1,199 inc GST.