iFixit just received a new Apple Thunderbolt Display, and promptly, methodically, tore it to pieces. And this is why we adore them.
The dissection required the use of heavy duty suction cups, a couple of screwdrivers, and a spudger. Oh, and a few strong arms to hoist it up to the operating table and hold it down while the tech surgeons went to work. So what did they find inside?
It’s tough being an early adopter, such as those of us who jumped on board the Thunderbolt train earlier this year with a new Mac, only to discover there was so very little to plug into that I/O port. Among the many promises of Thunderbolt is a docking station, and Belkin appears poised to please on that front.
More than six months after its introduction, we’re still waiting for the explosion of cool peripherals to plug into our shiny new Thunderbolt I/O port which now comes standard with all Macs (save for the lone holdout, the Mac Pro). Sure, we’ve seen some awesome, lightning-fast RAID storage and some hints of other greatness to come, but what about other potential uses for the technology? Here are a dozen things we’d like to see that port used for -- so let’s get cracking, engineers!
It doesn’t seem so long ago that buying a new Mac often required buying a new display to go with it -- and there were plenty to choose from. Flash forward to the present and Apple is selling more notebooks and iMacs, which has all but negated the need for a separate monitor with many users. But for the few, the proud who still need one, here’s a quick look at your options.
Along with the roar of Lion and the new MacBook Air, Apple released a new, souped up Mac mini today. The new Mac mini, starting at $599, comes standard with a 500 GB hard drive, faster processors, faster graphics, and Thunderbolt.
In addition to a new Mac mini and the MacBook Airs, Apple also released the new Thunderbolt Display, which can handle resolution up to 2560 by 1440 pixels.