Thunderbolt technology is a new type of connectivity functionality on computers that allows for support of both high resolution displays and data devices through a single, compact port. Some device needs to be enabled with this technology for it to work however, and Apple has announced one such display that is not only Thunderbolt friendly, but also somewhat environmentally friendly as well.
The new Apple Thunderbolt Display, according to the computer manufacturer, lets one via a single cable connect a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac to the 27-inch display to make use of a FaceTime camera, audio output, and Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800, USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt ports. It isn’t cheap through, pricing at around $1,000.
Apple has added a variety of green features to the Thunderbolt Display. These include an ambient light sensor which automatically adjusts the display brightness based on external lighting conditions; mercury-free LED technology; arsenic-free glass; recyclable materials; and meeting both Energy Star 5.0 and EPEAT Gold requirements. It also contains no brominated flame retardants and all cables and components are PVC-free.
Apple noted that each Thunderbolt port delivers PCI Express directly to external peripherals such as storage and RAID arrays, supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays. Thunderbolt-enabled Macs with discrete graphics can connect with two external displays and even daisy chain additional Thunderbolt devices.