27-inch Thunderbolt Displays start to trickle out

27-inch Thunderbolt Displays start to trickle out

Summary: Apple appears to have begun shipping its new 27-inch Thunderbolt Displays to stores this week giving hope to anxious customers that have been waiting almost two months for the new monitor.

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MacRumors reports that Apple began shipping its new 27-inch Thunderbolt Display ($999) to stores and resellers this week. There haven't been any reports of the T-Bolt displays actually arriving in customer's hands just yet, but that could begin happening as soon as this weekend if the report pans out.

The new 27-inch Apple display has the distinction of being the the world's first Thunderbolt display and comes in at the same $999 price point as its predecessor. Although it depends on availability, there's a good possibility that Apple will drop the price of any remaining non-Thunderbolt 27-inch inventory by $100 to $200 -- so deal-hunters should be on the lookout after T-Bolt ships.

In addition to its 2560 x 1440 LED-backlit resolution, FaceTime HD camera, high-quality audio, the new Apple Thunderbolt Display is also the world's first Thunderbolt hub using a single Thunderbolt cable to expand to three USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire 800 port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and a Thunderbolt port for daisy-chaining additional devices.

This will come as great news for those who have been waiting for almost two month for the new monitor's release. Announced on July 20, 2011, it was quoted as being available "within the next 60 days." I placed an order on July 20 and Apple's order status page indicates that mine is slated to ship on September 15 with delivery on September 17. Yee haw!

I use the current Apple 27-inch LED Display and hope that Apple put a little more slack between the Thunderbolt and Magsafe cable ends on the new model. It's a bit of a stretch (although possible) to connect the existing 27-inch display's cable to a MacBook Air because the power and Thunderbolt ports are on opposite sides of that machine.

Now, all I need is for Drobo to announce Thunderbolt support and I'll be all set!

What's your take? Thunderbolt or USB 3.0?

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  • RE: 27-inch Thunderbolt Displays start to trickle out

    RIPOFF. I'd rather buy a Viewsonic, LG, Asus, Samsung, anything but an Apple Product.
    jewie27
    • RE: 27-inch Thunderbolt Displays start to trickle out

      @jewie27 Sent from my iPad ><
      Parassassin
    • RE: 27-inch Thunderbolt Displays start to trickle out

      @jewie27 Amazing that you would take the time to jump onto a Apple related related article to share your great words of wisdom. What you may consider a rip-off is a great bargain/value to someone else. It must suck to be a iHating/Apple hating troll.
      jamboy34
    • RE: 27-inch Thunderbolt Displays start to trickle out

      @jewie27 This article is obviously not meant for you then.
      cardswin2005
    • RE: 27-inch Thunderbolt Displays start to trickle out

      @jewie27 One less person to snatch the new product at the store. Keep it that way and tell your friends too, so that I don't have to wait in line.
      dcdavy
  • Why wait for a Drobo?

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/H5184VC/A/Thunderbolt?fnode=MTY1NDA0Nw&mco=MjI4MTM1ODg
    mattmuir
    • RE: 27-inch Thunderbolt Displays start to trickle out

      @mattmuir The Promise Pegasus R4 RAID unit looks nice, but doesn't offer the flexibility of the Drobo when trying to increase capacity, which, for me, is Drobo's biggest plus as it allows the unit to grow as our storage needs grow.
      jscott69
  • RE: 27-inch Thunderbolt Displays start to trickle out

    Customer would wish that Apple did not see them as cash cows. Customers do want to be treated like decent people and like a choice. People who bought displays just a few months ago and buy a new MBA today can throw away their displays given the fact that there is no mini display port anymore and there do not seem to be any other solutions. Thunderbolt will obviously be great, but Apple should take care of their existent customers who bought from them too.
    rhon@...
    • RE: 27-inch Thunderbolt Displays start to trickle out

      @rhon@? I believe there are plenty of people that will use Craig?s list and E-bay to resell their current monitors. Remember Apple products tend to keep their respective value better than the no-name brands.
      Rick_Kl
    • RE: 27-inch Thunderbolt Displays start to trickle out

      @rhon@... Apple -- like most manufacturers -- tends to sell peripherals that complement its currently-shipping product line. No big surprise there, since they assume that most current MBA owners who wanted a larger Apple display have probably bought already bought one.

      Apple does offer several Mini Display Port adapter dongles that owners of non-Thunderbolt MBAs can use to connect their MBA to a variety of Apple or third-party displays via VGA, HDMI, DVI etc. which would allow them to use either an older Apple display or a current third-party one.
      jscott69
    • RE: 27-inch Thunderbolt Displays start to trickle out

      @rhon@... I'm using mini-DisplayPort adapter just fine with an older display and a new MacBook Air.

      Even trolls need to get out from under the bridge and check the specs sometimes....
      rgjacobsen
  • oh here we go

    Don't hating Apple cuz you can't afford their stuff LOL... Remember they are a niche brand, like Oakley, BMW, Omega etc...
    Hasam1991
    • RE: 27-inch Thunderbolt Displays start to trickle out

      Niche brands don't sell 95 million units per year (iPhone) at a $600 price tag.

      @Hasam1991 <br>Hmm, more like Honda and Toyota. In this case, the Thunderbolt display is only a little more expensive than the same panel sold by Dell. In the case of the iPod, iPhone and iPod touch, they are all priced very, very competitively to the competition and the competition doesn't have the same ecosystem.
      Synthmeister
  • RE: 27-inch Thunderbolt Displays start to trickle out

    $1000 for a 27" display? LOL. A quick look on a UK based PC component store shows i can get a 27" LED display for as little as $339, including sales tax and delivery. Sure, it's not thunderbolt compatible, but as there are so few (read, none) thunderbolt devices, at this point in time it's hard to see where i would get $660 worth of value from that i can't better invest elsewhere.
    jrbrewin
    • RE: 27-inch Thunderbolt Displays start to trickle out

      @jrbrewin

      Agreed. Oh, and BTW, the Thunderbolt cable is $50 as well. Any idiot paying $1,000 for a monitor needs help!
      omdguy
    • RE: 27-inch Thunderbolt Displays start to trickle out

      @jrbrewin
      These are IPS displays. Try to find one with this resolution for less.
      mdlopez98
    • RE: 27-inch Thunderbolt Displays start to trickle out

      @jrbrewin
      These are IPS displays. Try to find one with this resolution for less.
      mdlopez98
    • RE: 27-inch Thunderbolt Displays start to trickle out

      @jrbrewin remember that 27 LED for $399 is a TN screen while the Apple is a IPS screen. In terms of screen quality its a world of difference. A better comparison for the Thunderbolt Apple display is Dell's UltraSharp or Eizo brands which have similar specifications and price.
      ryan_v
      • RE: 27-inch Thunderbolt Displays start to trickle out

        @jrbrewin Clearly you are missing the point. The resolution on an Apple display is much higher than the one you specified. It is IPS, it has LED backlighting, and most importantly, it is a thunderbolt hub that has USB, FireWire, ThunderBolt, and Ethernet and contains a webcam, microphone, and speakers with a subwoofer. Find a display that does all that for $399 and then we'll talk. Hell, find a combination of parts that does all that for less money.
        massieblock1995
  • RE: 27-inch Thunderbolt Displays start to trickle out

    @jrbrewin
    You have no idea what the value of Thunderbolt on this display is, do you?
    The display can use the Thuderbolt connection to channel video (from the built-in camera), audio, Firewire, USB, Ethernet and daisy-chain Thunderbolt.
    Try doing that with any other display on the planet...
    zzrwood