Apple’s updated their 27-inch Cinema Display this morning with a new name and a brand new Thunderbolt port and cable that’s ready for your new MacBook Air or Mac Mini, coinciding with the release of Lion.
The 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display gets the obvious updates this morning: you can expect a a Thunderbolt and MagSafe connections (a two pronged cable instead of three) for upstream data, and a Thunderbolt port out back for connecting a second Cinema Display for use with 15-inch or 17-inch iMacs. With three USB ports, a Firewire 800 port, and Gigabit Ethernet built in, your existing peripherals and landline connection can be connected to the Cinema Display — the Thunderbolt cable handles data transfer to your Mac up to 10 Gbps.
You can check out the full press release after the break.
Over the past few weeks, a number of “leaks” from Apple’s supply chain and retail operations suggested the company was on track to launch the next major version of OS X, Lion, alongside new Macs this week, more specifically yesterday, July 14. According to the rumors, Apple was gearing up to unveil new MacBook Airs, Mac minis and white MacBooks all featuring updated Sandy Bridge processors from Intel and Thunderbolt connectivity. Whilst rumors about Lion immediately sounded fairly accurate as Apple seeded the “Golden Master” version of the OS to developers on July 1 (unless major issues are discovered, the GM version usually matches the public release’s build number and codebase) and the company said at the WWDC Lion would be available in July, speculation about new Macs generated from a series of factors that had been capturing the interest of the tech press since February. (more…)
A few minutes ago Apple released a minor firmware update for the LED Cinema Display to address audio issues experienced by users on the 27-inch model.
This Firmware Update addresses intermittent audio issues some users have experienced while using the 27-inch LED Cinema Display.
The updater application will be installed in the /Applications/Utilities folder and will be launched automatically. Please follow the instructions in the updater application to complete the update process.
The update is available now in Software Update or on Apple’s website. A support article detailing the intermittent audio issues is available here. The issue has also been widely documented on Apple’s discussion boards.
[Thanks, Greek iPhone]
The Mac community’s own John Gruber predicts we’ll see an awesome update to the Cinema Display line with the unveiling of a new 27-inch, 16:9 Cinema Display, accompanied by new Mac Pros and possibly speedier iMacs tomorrow or at a later date. This all comes at the return of The Talk Show, so Gruber must be in an incredibly good mood to give us this tidbit of info to chew on. Hopefully he’s right!
Update: Now there’s the inclusion of the Magic Trackpad we’ve been hearing about.
[Daring Fireball via Gizmodo]