My top recommendation for the 15.4 version of the MacBook Pro is the Thunderbolt display. It is far more power efficient than a USB Type-C port, and doesn’t even require a laptop bag to work.
There’s a lot more to this machine than just a display, though. The Thunderbolt display is capable of 10 times the resolution of an eSATA one, and the graphics card is capable of up to 8x the performance. The memory is also twice as fast as a USB Type-C one, and has the ability to be overclocked. The GPU itself is also capable of 5x the performance.
Thunderbolt is one of the most popular ways of connecting to a Mac, and the MacBook Pro does have a USB Type-C port as well. MacRumors’ Macrumors editor, Andrew R. Toth, said that the MacBook Pro is also the first Mac to support Thunderbolt Display, so there’s a good chance that we’re the first users to buy this display. The MacRumors staff is pretty excited about the display and the hardware, and it’s not hard to see why.
Thunderbolt will let users connect one-to-one and up to 16-foot USB Type-C cables to the MacBook Pro, so it won’t be that much of a loss if they do. However if you’re willing to spend the extra $100, you can get a Thunderbolt Display which will be a more impressive display than the MacBook’s Retina display.
The Thunderbolt Display is, in some ways, the most significant display upgrade Apple has ever made. When the MacBook line first launched in 2010, they came with a standard 1GB of RAM, but the Thunderbolt Display does double that today. That means the MacBook Pro now has 16GB of RAM, but the Thunderbolt Display, which uses USB-C, will be able to support up to 30GB of RAM.
This can only mean one thing, Thunderbolt Display. Apple has made some impressive hardware upgrades while still maintaining it’s quality. The MacBook Pro comes with a full-size i5-2600 CPU which has 4 cores. The Thunderbolt Display, however, will be using Intel’s latest i7-6700HQ CPU, which has 8 cores. This is going to be a huge upgrade for the MacBook Pro, and the Thunderbolt Display makes it even more impressive.
The Thunderbolt Display will have 8 USB 3 ports instead of one but there will be an additional port for Thunderbolt Display. It will be available in two colors (black and white, but not sure yet if it will be available in gold or silver). It will be able to support up to 30GB of RAM, so that’s a good thing.
If you’re a fan of the Macbook Pro 15.4, Thunderbolt Display, and Apple’s Thunderbolt accessories, you’ll be happy to know that you’ll be able to get it here in stores starting April 12th.
The new Thunderbolt Display is a bit of a mouthful. At first glance, it looks just like a regular Thunderbolt Display, but it has a few major differences. For one, the Apple logo on the back is gone. It’s a bit of a bummer but I think it’s better than a regular Display. The display is built into an external enclosure, so you don’t have to carry around the whole thing with you.
We do not know exactly what Apple is planning for the Thunderbolt Display. It is possible that Apple is taking this opportunity to re-introduce a more familiar design to a market that would otherwise be interested in new USB based hardware. The new Display is likely to be a smaller device with a single button to activate it. It’s also possible that Apple is re-introducing the new Thunderbolt Display with a USB Type C port, but we’ve not seen any official word on that.